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Welcome to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)! The OISS provides advice, programs, and services to more than 2,200 international students (undergraduate, graduate, and exchange), faculty and research scholars from over 90 countries. You will find valuable information regarding current immigration regulations, programming, and current news and events throughout our website. Read our statistics for the 2016-2017 academic year and see what countries are represented at Boston College.


News and Announcements  

Applying for OPT or CPT

Planning to work this summer or after graduation? Optional Practical Training can take at least 90 days to be approved. Plan ahead! Vist our employment page for more information.  

Recent Updates Regarding Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

The OISS has created a webpage with all of the latest updates on the President's Executive Order on immigration.

H-1B Processing Update

Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. For more information, please here.


For those of you who need to file taxes, they are due on April 18th. All international students must file form 8843 by June 15th. Visit the OISS tax information page for more information.  







Thea Bowman House
Thea Bowman House
(Behind Lyons and Stokes)
72 College Road
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM



Advising Walk-in Hours

During walk-in times you can speak to an advisor on-call on a first come, first serve basis.  Appointments with advisors can also be made by calling 617 552 8005.  Please read our walk-in hours policy found in the section Contact Us.












Quick links

International Student Orientation: For more detailed information regarding orientation, please click here.

OPT Employer Update Form:  Please fill out the online form to update our office regarding your employment. 

OISS Forms: Find OISS application forms here

Local Address Update: You must notify the OISS of any change of address with in 10 days of the change to do this simply update your local address in Agora