International Student and Scholar Services

Welcome! The International Student and Scholar Services division (ISSS) serves all international students and scholars participating in programs with Wake Forest University.

International students and scholars with questions concerning their visa status or other issues pertinent to their stay at Wake Forest University can come to the Center for Global Programs & Studies, email, call 336-758-5938, or request an appointment using the link below.

Advising Appointment

As a reminder, please contact with any questions you have as they relate to your visa status.  Our entire staff are the only Designated School Officials for Wake Forest University, meaning we are your resources for all immigration-related guidance.  It is so important to us that you receive accurate and timely information to ensure you are protecting your visa status.


Please see our Frequently Asked Questions regarding recent changes in campus or regulatory procedures.

    Status Maintenance

  • What if I am outside of the United States for more than 5-months? Will I be able to come back to campus this Fall on my current visa and I-20?

    The 5-month rule is generally considered to be in reference to an absence of more than five months that is unconnected to study. If you are continuing to make academic progress in your classes remotely and your visa status is kept Active you should be able to return to Wake Forest on your current visa and I-20. Be sure that you have a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019. Travel signatures are valid for one year.  Remember that Wake Forest is operating on a Hybrid Model and F-1 students must enroll in at least one on-campus class in order to enter the United States.

  • If I decide to not enroll (take a semester or gap year), what should I do?

    Undergraduates who have decided to take a semester or gap year and do not plan to return to campus for a future semester should notify the Office Academic Advising of their plans and request a Continuous Enrollment Status (CES), Leave of Absence, or withdraw from the university as soon as possible. 

    Graduate students will need to request a Leave of Absence or withdrawal from their graduate school.

    Please email if you plan to take a Leave of Absence semester so that we can accurately update your immigration status.

  • Can I take all online classes for Fall 2021?

    The SEVP guidance for Spring and Fall 2020 has been extended to Summer and Fall 2021. If Wake Forest University continues to report a hybrid model of instruction, continuing international students with Active SEVIS records may enroll in exclusively online courses this Fall semester from your home country in order to maintain your academic progress and visa status. If Wake Forest returns to normal operations for Fall 2021 continuing international students with Active SEVIS records must return to the U.S. and enroll in on campus classes. 

    Courses taught as Online or Blended with Online Pathway will not count as on campus as you can complete these courses without ever coming to campus.


  • Do I need to apply for a new visa if my SEVIS record is terminated?

    Although your SEVIS record will be closed, your F-1 entry visa may not be canceled. Current students with unexpired visas whose SEVIS records are terminated and who are issued a new Initial I-20 or reactivated I-20 s for spring or fall 2021 should contact the consulate that issued their visa to confirm that they can continue to use it for entry with their new SEVIS record and I-20.

    Students whose SEVIS records are terminated for any reason other than Authorized Early Withdrawal should apply for a new visa before re-entering the United States with their new Initial I-20.

  • If I enroll in a Wake Forest Study Abroad program this Spring will my SEVIS record remain Active?

    Continuing Wake Forest students who are approved to enroll in an official Wake Forest Study Abroad program are eligible to remain in Active SEVIS status. To learn more about what Wake Forest Study Abroad programs are available, please email This option is not available for students who have been issued I-20s for Initial Attendance.

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  • Services Overview
    • Immigration Advising for F, J, and certain employment based nonimmigrant visas
    • Programming for academic, social, and professional adjustment to life in the United States

    Disclaimer: U.S. immigration laws are very complex. The information contained on this website is designed specifically for students and scholars at Wake Forest University. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly evolving; we will attempt to keep this site up-to date, but we cannot guarantee their completeness or accuracy. The information contained herein is not intended to create an attorney/client relationship nor can it be construed as legal advice.

  • Reynolda Campus Contact Information

    Serving: Reynolda Campus based students, scholars, and employees.

    Center for Global Programs & Studies
    1834 Wake Forest Road
    Reynolda Hall, Room 116
    Winston Salem, NC 27109
    Phone: +1-336-758-5938

    Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:30am- 5:00pm

  • Health Sciences Campus Contact Information

    Serving: Health Sciences Campus based J scholars and H-1 employees.

    4th Floor, Piedmont Plaza 1
    1920 W. First Street
    Winston Salem, NC 27104

    Contact: Ms. Pamela Redmond, Immigration Specialist
    Phone: +1-336-716-1194

  • Bowman Gray Campus Contact Information

    Serving: Bowman Gray based F Graduate Students

    Medical Center Boulevard
    Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1001

    Contact: Ms. Beth Whitsett
    Phone: +1-336-716-4224