International scholars, be they faculty or staff, play a vital role in cementing UAB’s reputation as a leading research university and health center.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) assists UAB and its departments in obtaining visas for faculty, research scholars and observers. This means that ISSS is the best source for information on all matters pertaining to an international visitor’s immigration status.

ISSS processes forms and petitions for international scholars and employees through the federal immigration service. The office also maintains and monitors work authorization for international employees. We provide important information on other matters, from obtaining an Alabama driver’s license to finding temporary accommodation on arrival in the U.S.

Everyone feels a little confused and has questions upon arrival in a new country, but ISSS brings together people and services to help you adjust to UAB. We pledge to support you throughout your entire time at UAB.

An additional service available through ISSS is our notary service. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday before 4:00 p.m.

General questions can be directed to