Upcoming Events

Incoming international students:

Do you have questions you would like to directly ask a current undergraduate international student at the U? Join us for the Instagram Global Gopher Influencer Takeover on Friday, July 30. During the virtual event, Michelle Foe will share about her life and answer your questions. Please note: Any student visa and status questions should be emailed to [email protected] directly.

Where: @isssumn on Instagram’s story
When: Friday, July 30
Who: Michelle Foe (she/her) is from Indonesia and is going to arrive on campus for the first time this Fall! She is going into her second year here at the UMN and is planning to major in Chemical Engineering and minor in Economics! You can check out her student leader profile to learn more about her and the other student leaders who will soon be taking over too.
Our next GGI Takeovers are scheduled for August 6, August 14, and August 20!
Further questions? Email us at [email protected].

July 30


 The Social Security Administration (SSA) now requires original signatures (non-electronic signatures that are also called “wet ink”) on F-1 & J-1 student employment verification letters.

  • F-1 Students: The Social Security Administration (SSA) now requires that students obtain original (non-electronic) signatures on the “Verification of F-1 Student’s On-Campus Job” form submitted to obtain a Social Security Number. Original “wet ink” signatures must be obtained first from your employing department and then from ISSS. Please note that this form is only required for students applying for SSN for an on-campus job; students applying for SSN for an off-campus job (CPT or OPT) can find information about required documentation on the ISSS website.
  • J-1 Students: The SSA requires a “J-1 Social Security Authorization Letter” with an original signature from ISSS.

All ISSS staff continue to work remotely, but an ISSS staff member will be available weekly to sign the Verification form for students who need to apply for SSN. No appointment is required.

Date and time: Every Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Humphrey Atrium (the large lobby area inside the Humphrey School of Public Affairs). You will need to use your U Card to access the building.

August 4
1:00pm

 The Social Security Administration (SSA) now requires original signatures (non-electronic signatures that are also called “wet ink”) on F-1 & J-1 student employment verification letters.

  • F-1 Students: The Social Security Administration (SSA) now requires that students obtain original (non-electronic) signatures on the “Verification of F-1 Student’s On-Campus Job” form submitted to obtain a Social Security Number. Original “wet ink” signatures must be obtained first from your employing department and then from ISSS. Please note that this form is only required for students applying for SSN for an on-campus job; students applying for SSN for an off-campus job (CPT or OPT) can find information about required documentation on the ISSS website.
  • J-1 Students: The SSA requires a “J-1 Social Security Authorization Letter” with an original signature from ISSS.

All ISSS staff continue to work remotely, but an ISSS staff member will be available weekly to sign the Verification form for students who need to apply for SSN. No appointment is required.

Date and time: Every Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Humphrey Atrium (the large lobby area inside the Humphrey School of Public Affairs). You will need to use your U Card to access the building.

August 11
1:00pm

 The Social Security Administration (SSA) now requires original signatures (non-electronic signatures that are also called “wet ink”) on F-1 & J-1 student employment verification letters.

  • F-1 Students: The Social Security Administration (SSA) now requires that students obtain original (non-electronic) signatures on the “Verification of F-1 Student’s On-Campus Job” form submitted to obtain a Social Security Number. Original “wet ink” signatures must be obtained first from your employing department and then from ISSS. Please note that this form is only required for students applying for SSN for an on-campus job; students applying for SSN for an off-campus job (CPT or OPT) can find information about required documentation on the ISSS website.
  • J-1 Students: The SSA requires a “J-1 Social Security Authorization Letter” with an original signature from ISSS.

All ISSS staff continue to work remotely, but an ISSS staff member will be available weekly to sign the Verification form for students who need to apply for SSN. No appointment is required.

Date and time: Every Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Humphrey Atrium (the large lobby area inside the Humphrey School of Public Affairs). You will need to use your U Card to access the building.

August 18
1:00pm

International Students: Start your UMN experience off in the best way possible by attending Global Gopher Events on August 25-27!

During Global Gopher Events, you will learn how to succeed academically at the University of Minnesota and how to prepare for a career after graduation! Most of all, we hope to welcome you to the University of Minnesota and the international community.

Why should you join us? Students say Global Gopher Events was where they met their best friends and started their adventure at the U!

This is a special opportunity for new international students to prepare for classes, make new friends, and discover all of the amazing services the University offers with advice from international student leaders.

Global Gopher Events will be virtual for 2021, and all of the events will be at 8:00-9:30 a.m. CST (remember to convert this to your local time zone). The sessions will include opportunities to learn about helpful UMN resources, a student panel about opportunities to get involved, and identity-specific caucuses. You will also have opportunities to meet our Global Gopher Leaders (returning international students who are excited to answer your questions).

More information is available on the Global Gopher Events webpage.

NOTE: All Global Gopher Events are optional, and they are separate from (and do not replace) any of your orientation requirements including Welcome Week or Freshman/Transfer Orientation. All new international students are encouraged (but not required) to participate in Global Gopher Events.

August 25

Online

 The Social Security Administration (SSA) now requires original signatures (non-electronic signatures that are also called “wet ink”) on F-1 & J-1 student employment verification letters.

  • F-1 Students: The Social Security Administration (SSA) now requires that students obtain original (non-electronic) signatures on the “Verification of F-1 Student’s On-Campus Job” form submitted to obtain a Social Security Number. Original “wet ink” signatures must be obtained first from your employing department and then from ISSS. Please note that this form is only required for students applying for SSN for an on-campus job; students applying for SSN for an off-campus job (CPT or OPT) can find information about required documentation on the ISSS website.
  • J-1 Students: The SSA requires a “J-1 Social Security Authorization Letter” with an original signature from ISSS.

All ISSS staff continue to work remotely, but an ISSS staff member will be available weekly to sign the Verification form for students who need to apply for SSN. No appointment is required.

Date and time: Every Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Humphrey Atrium (the large lobby area inside the Humphrey School of Public Affairs). You will need to use your U Card to access the building.

August 25
1:00pm

International Students: Start your UMN experience off in the best way possible by attending Global Gopher Events on August 25-27!

During Global Gopher Events, you will learn how to succeed academically at the University of Minnesota and how to prepare for a career after graduation! Most of all, we hope to welcome you to the University of Minnesota and the international community.

Why should you join us? Students say Global Gopher Events was where they met their best friends and started their adventure at the U!

This is a special opportunity for new international students to prepare for classes, make new friends, and discover all of the amazing services the University offers with advice from international student leaders.

Global Gopher Events will be virtual for 2021, and all of the events will be at 8:00-9:30 a.m. CST (remember to convert this to your local time zone). The sessions will include opportunities to learn about helpful UMN resources, a student panel about opportunities to get involved, and identity-specific caucuses. You will also have opportunities to meet our Global Gopher Leaders (returning international students who are excited to answer your questions).

More information is available on the Global Gopher Events webpage.

NOTE: All Global Gopher Events are optional, and they are separate from (and do not replace) any of your orientation requirements including Welcome Week or Freshman/Transfer Orientation. All new international students are encouraged (but not required) to participate in Global Gopher Events.

August 26

Online

International Students: Start your UMN experience off in the best way possible by attending Global Gopher Events on August 25-27!

During Global Gopher Events, you will learn how to succeed academically at the University of Minnesota and how to prepare for a career after graduation! Most of all, we hope to welcome you to the University of Minnesota and the international community.

Why should you join us? Students say Global Gopher Events was where they met their best friends and started their adventure at the U!

This is a special opportunity for new international students to prepare for classes, make new friends, and discover all of the amazing services the University offers with advice from international student leaders.

Global Gopher Events will be virtual for 2021, and all of the events will be at 8:00-9:30 a.m. CST (remember to convert this to your local time zone). The sessions will include opportunities to learn about helpful UMN resources, a student panel about opportunities to get involved, and identity-specific caucuses. You will also have opportunities to meet our Global Gopher Leaders (returning international students who are excited to answer your questions).

More information is available on the Global Gopher Events webpage.

NOTE: All Global Gopher Events are optional, and they are separate from (and do not replace) any of your orientation requirements including Welcome Week or Freshman/Transfer Orientation. All new international students are encouraged (but not required) to participate in Global Gopher Events.

August 27

Online