Students who need an F-1 student visa or have other types of temporary, non-immigrant visas are considered international students.
International Student Services
UW International Student Services (ISS) assists non-immigrant students with visa and travel information, travel outside the USA, working while in the U.S., visits from family members, and much more. All incoming international or foreign students must see ISS upon entry to the University of Washington.
Graduate Student RA and TA Appointments
If you have a Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA) appointment, you must obtain either:
- An Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)
- If eligible, a U.S. social security number.
Students seeking a social security number must:
- Obtain a letter from the UW International Student Services (ISS)
- Complete form SS-5.
- Take these forms and the following documents to a Social Security Administration office. Find the nearest office.
- Original Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) documents
Also, students should view the section on taxes for international students at UW Student Fiscal Services.
Orientation and Support through FIUTS
The UW Foundation for International Understanding through Students (FIUTS) is a volunteer campus organization that helps new international students transition to the UW community and learn about important campus resources, U.S. customs and lifestyles, visa and immigration essentials, the Seattle area and more. Participants explore Seattle and make friends with other UW students – both local and international. FIUTS provides orientation for new international students and arranges host families, travel during quarter breaks, and other social activities for international students and their families.