Immigration & Visa

Here you will find out what you need to do to maintain your immigration status and how to obtain the immigration benefits for which you are eligible.  

  • F-1 Student
    Being in F-1 student status means that your primary purpose for being in the U.S. is to study.
  • J-1 Student
    The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program enables foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to study, research, train, and more. The purpose of the program is to enhance skills, expand knowledge, and promote international exchange. Program length varies from a few weeks to several years.
  • U.S. Visa
    Here you will find information about applying for non-immigrant U.S. visas for international students.
  • Travel
    Learn which documents you need to bring with you and which rules you need to follow.
  • E-form Processing Times
    ISS prioritizes UB Global e-form requests based on timing of submission and order of processing priority for the office.
  • Immigration & Visa Links
    Use these links to quickly and easily find the information you need.
  • Financial Documentation
    Issuing new, extended or dependent I-20’s & DS-2019’s requires current financial documentation that meets specific standards.
  • Estimated Expenses
    Requesting a new, extended, or dependent I-20 or DS-2019? International Student Services requires current, valid financial documentation. Find out how much financial support you will need to show.
  • U.S. Laws and Your Rights
    It’s important to understand the laws based on where you live and study. Here, you'll find information about what you can and can't do, and how to stay safe. Some of the words might be new, but don't worry – if you're not sure about something, ask ISS or other campus offices for help understanding.


The information contained in this web site is provided as a service to the international students, faculty, staff, employees and administrators of the University at Buffalo, and does not constitute legal advice on any immigration, tax or other matter. We try to provide useful information, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this web site or any associated site. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and laws are constantly changing, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent counsel. Neither the University at Buffalo nor the Office of International Student Services is responsible for any errors or omissions contained in this website, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.