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Office Hours and Walk–In Advising for F and J Visa Holders

Updates to ISSS's Hours

Please note the following updates regarding ISSS’s hours. Please adjust your schedules according.

  • August 22: ISSS will close at 3:00 p.m. so staff can attend the New International Student Welcome and Football 101 with UMN President Joan Gabel. Walk-ins will occur between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.
  • August 23: There will be no walk-ins or appointments in the afternoon as ISSS will be hosting an Open House. Documents can be picked up in the afternoon, but there may be a wait.
  • September 2: ISSS and all UMN office will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.

F-1 and J-1 Walk-Ins Schedule

* Monday

1:30-4:00 p.m.


1:30-4:00 p.m.


1:30-4:00 p.m.

* Thursday

1:30-4:00 p.m.


1:30-4:00 p.m.

Walk–ins are 15-minute, unscheduled meetings with advisors taken on a first-come, first-served basis for F and J visa holders. An appointment is not needed for walk-in advising. You can sign up when you arrive at the Welcome Center in 190 Humphrey School.

Please Note:

  • There may be a wait to meet with an advisor during Walk-Ins. Please prepare for this, and we appreciate your understanding.
  • You should make an appointment if you wish to meet with a specific advisor. Not all of our advisors are available during Walk-Ins on any given day.
  • We may close walk-ins early if we have more people than can be seen during the allotted time.

* Sponsored Student Walk-Ins are on Monday and Thursday: 1:30-4:00 p.m.


To schedule an appointment with an F/J/H visa advisor or counselor, or to request a disability-related accommodation, please contact our Welcome Center in 190 Humphrey School by calling 612-626-7100. Regular appointments generally last up to 30 minutes, but if you feel you need more time, ask for a longer appointment. Please allow two weeks advance notice if you are requesting additional accommodations. ISSS does not schedule same-day appointments.

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ISSS is open during the hours listed.

If you wish to meet with an advisor, you should make an appointment at the Welcome Center or come during Walk-in Hours. Documents can be picked up at any time during these periods; no appointment is required unless otherwise specified.

ISSS closes for lunch every day from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Documents cannot be picked up during this time.

Definition of a "Business Day"

Calendar showing the example
(click for pdf)

When accepting visa requests, we often state, “ISSS takes 7 business days to issue a new document.” What is this?

A business day is a day when ISSS is open. 

ISSS starts counting business days when the office opens on the business day after the request is received. Business days are usually Monday through Friday. Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) are not business days, and days the office is closed are also not business days.


  • ISSS receives your request on a Tuesday (the 1st day of the month). The following Monday is a holiday so the office will be closed. Your document will be available on the following Friday (the 11th day of the month). Review the calendar graphic here.

NOTE: ISSS cannot back-date an authorization (write a date earlier than when it should be authorized).


The International Student and Scholar Services office is in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on the West Bank of the Twin Cities campus.  The Welcome Center is in 190 Humphrey, located on the first floor of the hallway connecting the Humphrey School to Heller Hall. Maps and additional information are available here.

Contact Us

International Student and Scholar Services
190 Hubert H. Humphrey School
301 19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Telephone: (612) 626-7100
Fax: (612) 626-7361