What International Students Should Know Before Opening a Bank Account (PDF).
You must have a letter from your employer to get a social security number. Bring that letter to the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office and complete the
ISSS Service Request Form to request a letter from ISSS. Take both letters to your local Social Security Administration office to request a number.
Yes. Ask at the ISSS front desk and complete the
ISSS Service Request Form.
Yes. Everyone must file federal, state, and local tax returns in April for the preceding year. Look for the ISSS Tax Support Program (workshops, forms and instructions, and software) in March. See the
Tax Obligation Handout (PDF) for more information.
Only if it is your last semester and you need less than a full course load to complete your studies. If this is the case, you must complete and submit a
Reduced Course Load Authorization Form (PDF) to the ISSS office. If you plan to drop below full-time or drop classes for any other reason, it is best to first see an International Student Advisor about your case.
You can change your address with the university and the ISSS office via
my.newschool.edu. You must notify ISSS within 10 days of your move. When you notify ISSS, we will automatically notify the U.S. government.
Yes. Health care in the United States is extremely expensive and ALL students are advised to enroll in the school health insurance plan. J-1 students and dependents are required to have health insurance. If you have a dependent or have questions about your health insurance, see an international student advisor or email Jeannette Krupinsky at
Visit The New School
careers site and click on "Students." You must be a currently registered matriculating student at The New School to apply for these positions. We also recommend that you check individual offices where you wish to work, as there may be immediate openings available.
F-1 students do not need to receive prior authorization from ISSS to work on campus.
J-1 students must get written authorization from their RO. NOTE: Students in F-1 or J-1 status are not eligible for student positions labeled "Federal Work Study," as these are a type of financial aid open only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Yes. Usually students are limited to working 20 hours per week during the semester. SeeWorking under F-1 statusor
Working under J-1 status. Then see an international student advisor about your case.
Discuss all your immigration- and visa-related concerns with an international student advisor. To avoid receiving misinformation, it is best not to seek advice from friends, even if they are also international students, as each situation can be different.
File a police report, notify your country's consular office, and let ISSS know as soon as possible.
Come to ISSS right away with any documents or copies of documents that you still have.
travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 at the ISSS front desk at least a week in advance using the
ISSS Service Request Form.
See Traveling While on OPT or
Travel While on Post-Completion Academic Training.
You should visit
Campus Card Services at 72 Fifth Avenue, lower level.
No. You are allowed to transfer to another institution in the United States, and your visa from your previous institution is still valid as long as it hasn't expired. If it has expired, you should ask an international student advisor how to renew it.
If you receive a "W" grade for your course, you cannot count the credit for that course toward your full-time enrollment requirement. For example, if you registered and enrolled for 12 credits and you receive a grade of "W" for three credits, you will only receive nine credits of total enrollment. You will drop below full-time if full-time enrollment for your program is 12 credits. If you do not know how many credits you must be enrolled in, contact an international student advisor.
ISSS News is a newsletter aimed at providing important information to international students, professors, and scholars at The New School. The newsletter advertises events and workshops on campus, covers recent events and student achievements, and announces critical deadlines and changes to immigration regulations.
University email accounts are automatically subscribed. If you're not automatically subscribed, email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll sign you up.
International Student and Scholar Services72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor (Map)ISS@newschool.eduPhone: 212.229.5592Fax: 212.229.8992
Change Address (PDF)
Directions from Airports (PDF)
Important Documents (PDF)
ISSS Check-in (PDF)
New School Welcome Guide (PDF)
Replacing Lost or Stolen Documents (PDF)
Travel Signatures (PDF)