International Student Office
The International Student Services division of the Center for International Education serves the more than 700 F-1 visa holders currently linked to The University of Memphis via the United States Department of Homeland Security's official record keeping system, called SEVIS. We are here to assist with government compliance for F-1 visa holders and their F-2 visa holding family members, to include mandatory verification documents needed for the Social Security Administration, state drivers license offices, and similar government agencies. We also serve as the adjudication agent for Curricular Practical Training, the official signers for travel endorsements on the form I-20, and as the office responsible for multiple issues related to Post Completion Practical Training, change of status applications, and reinstatement applications.
The ISS at CIES also provides information related to these topics not only to F-1 visa holders, but to any prospective F-1 applicant who is interested in being a student at The University. We are also responsible for maintaining University compliance with the United States Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS) which reports directly to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of Homeland Security (ICE). Outside of compliance and reporting issues, we conduct an international student orientation each semester, coordinate insurance information, and assist student groups with a variety of cultural functions.