Welcome to the International Students and Scholars website. Here you will find resources and important events to assist you during your time at Iowa State University.

For information on immigration-related orders and policies made by the Trump Administration click here: Immigration Updates  (last updated June 28, 2018).



Need to submit a reduced course load, curricular practical training, or other request to ISSO? CyStart is our online portal for electronic requests. If you have problems or questions with CyStart, please email isso@iastate.edu.

I-9 Schedule

You must complete Form I-9 on or before your first day of work.  Please bring proof of: (a) identity suitable for international travel, and (b) employment authorization to an I-9 session:

3241 Memorial Union


I-9 Service will not be available on Monday, April 22 or Friday, April 26. 

I-9 Service on Wednesday, April 24 will end at 10:30 a.m.


Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Tuesday and Thursday:                  
1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.      

No appointment is needed, but I-9s are completed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Form I-9 takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Practical Training

F-1 students can sign-up for a CPT Workshop here and OPT Workshop here.

New Scholar Check-in

  • Unpaid Scholars (includes scholars on a stipend or per diem).
  • Paid Scholars (on the ISU payroll)

* If you arrive after the scheduled start time, you will be asked to reschedule for the next available session.