Prospective Scholars

The ISSO is pleased that you have decided to join the Brandeis community! 

To help answer some of your questions about your arrival to Brandeis, the ISSO has prepared the following information:

Visa Status Overviews

J-1 Visa


H-1B Visa


Trade-NAFTA (TN) Visa


Seminar Speakers and Consultants


Permanent Residence ("Green Card")


Scholar Transfer-In Verification Form (PDF)

F-1 STEM Optional Practical Training  (Note:  Brandeis is not a STEM OPT Employer for non-government mandated positions; )

Preparing for Your Arrival to the U.S.

Paying the SEVIS Fee (for J Visa Holders only)


Scheduling Visa Interview


Entering the U.S. Through U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)


Getting to Brandeis and ISSO


Finding Housing


New Scholar Orientation and ISSO Check-In