Immigration & International Arrival Information

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International Student Services

International Student Services provides the services and support to welcome you to your new home at UB.

Our staff can help address your immigration concerns, help you adjust to life in Buffalo and can even help introduce you to all the Buffalo-Niagara region has to offer. 

Below is a list of just some of the topics covered on the International Student Services' website:

  • New international student check-in.
  • International Student Welcome Series.
  • What to expect when you arrive in Buffalo.
  • Options employment and obtaining a Social Security card.

Your U.S. Visa

You’ve made it through the first big step and have been accepted to UB! Before you can enter the United States you must have a U.S. visa.

To come to the U.S. to study, you will need to apply for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

Most international students come to the U.S. on F-1 visas, while some come on J-1 visas. However, there are some other visa categories that permit studying (H-1B, H-4, L-2, E-2, etc.).

Your visa category will determine many aspects of your life in the U.S., like your studies, employment, and travel. Most international students at UB will follow F-1 immigration regulations.

International Student Welcome Series

New and transfer international students will participate in virtual and in-person programs and events that support your successful start at UB.   

At our International Student Welcome Series you will be able to:

  • Obtain your UB identification card.
  • Join tours of North and South campuses.

You will also receive information on obtaining a:

  • Bank account.
  • Cell phone account.
  • Social Security card (can apply, if eligible).

During the welcome series, you can officially enroll as a UB student by completing the following tasks:

  • Take TOEFL and/or SPEAK tests (if required).
  • Submit health background and immunizations form.
  • Receive required immunizations (if not completed before arrival).
  • Attend the "Your Role in the UB Community and Immigration" session.
  • Meet with an academic advisor.
  • Register for classes.

You also will learn about these university resources and services including:

  • Academic advisement.
  • Computing.
  • Libraries.
  • On-campus jobs.
  • Health, wellness and counseling.
  • Recreation.
  • Transportation.

And you can also connect with other students through:

  • The International Graduate Student Welcome and Party.
  • The ISS Cafe.
  • Our "How to Succeed at an American University" session.
  • The Niagara Falls trip.

There’s much more you can explore during the welcome series. You can receive study tips from professors, learn how to use your health insurance, find out about cultural differences, meet international student club representatives, join a shopping trip and more.