Galveston International Students

Howdy and welcome to the International Student Services (ISS) webpage for International Sea Aggies. The purpose of this page is to provide information that is unique for international students attending Texas A&M University at Galveston. Much of the information included throughout the rest of the ISS website is applicable to you, so be sure to review it. Some of the most important pages you will need to review on the main ISS website are the following (listed alphabetically):

  • Current Students – This is a general page with links to several important resources for current students.
  • Employment – Find out how to get a Social Security endorsement, apply for off-campus work authorization, and much more!
  • Health Insurance – Find out more about the mandatory insurance requirements.
  • How to Obtain an I-20 or DS-2019 – Find out what you need to submit to ISS in order to get your initial I-20 or DS-2019.
  • Immigration Regulations – Find links to information about how to maintain your F-1 or J-1 status.
  • ISS Events – You are encouraged and welcome to attend all events on the College Station campus.
  • New Students – This is a general page with links to several important resources for new students.
  • Tax Information – As an international student, you do have to file taxes.
  • Visa and Travel – Before you plan to depart the U.S., make sure you review this page. If you are in F-1 or J-1 status, make sure you have a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019!
Primary Contacts

Though there is not an international student office located on the Galveston campus, all international students attending Texas A&M University at Galveston will have access to the International Student Services (ISS) office on the College Station campus. An International Student Advisor from the ISS office in College Station is designated to serve as the liaison for all international students attending the Galveston campus and is available to answer your questions and process your document requests. A staff member at the Galveston campus is also designated to serve as your local liaison with the ISS office.

For information about the various resources and departments available to assist you on the Galveston campus, review the Texas A&M University at Galveston Student Services document.

Currently, your Galveston liaison to ISS is the following staff member:

Mr. Ken Bailey
Director, Counseling & Career Services
Texas A&M University at Galveston

Phone: 409-740-4725
Location: Seibel Student Services Center, Building 3030, Suite 104 on the Galveston campus

You can contact the ISS office as follows:

International Student Services
Texas A&M University (College Station)

Phone: 979-845-1824
Location: 1st Floor Bizzell Hall East on the College Station campus

New International Student Check-In

All new international students, including those admitted to the Texas A&M University at Galveston campus, are required to complete the Online Orientation associated with their respective starting semester. You are required to complete the Online Orientation and Check-In before you can register for classes for your first semester.

To complete the ISS Check-In process, you are not required to schedule a Check-In appointment through the online Check-In Registration System accessible after completing the Online Orientation, nor are you required to visit the College Station campus. You are permitted to complete a remote Check-In process.

To complete the remote Check-In process:

  • Schedule a time to meet with Mr. Ken Bailey. Send him an email with your name and UIN or give him a call to schedule the appointment. Mr. Bailey’s contact information is listed in the previous section of this page.
  • Bring all immigration documents you have to your Check-in appointment with Mr. Bailey. For a list of documents that you should bring with you to your Check-In appointment, please visit the Check-In webpage.
  • During your remote Check-In, you will complete some paperwork and make copies of your immigration documents.
  • Mr. Bailey will submit copies of the completed documents and immigration paperwork to the ISS liaison.
  • Once the Check-In documents are received and reviewed by ISS, your registration hold will be removed.

Document Processing

Because the ISS office serves the needs of over 4,600 international students, it takes us approximately 5 to 20 business days to process a complete request, so plan accordingly! Do not expect any request to be processed immediately. In the same regard, we may not respond to your email within the same day, but we will respond. The ISS office strives to respond to all emails and process all requests in the timeliest manner possible.

Any time you submit a request to ISS, you must complete section 1 of this Service Request Form and submit it with your paperwork. You can email, fax or mail your documents to ISS. When submitting document requests, please be sure to include the following information in addition to any forms or documentation required:

  • Copy of most recent I-94 card (front and back),
  • Copy of most recent I-20 or DS-2019,
  • Copy of current visa,
  • Copy of passport ID and expiration page.

Need ISS authorization to enroll at another institution? Check out our Online Letter Request System. Simply enter all appropriate information and submit. ISS will issue a letter granting you authorization to enroll at the other school if you are eligible.

Whenever you submit a request to ISS, you have the following options for obtaining any documents generated as a result of your request:

  • You can visit the ISS office to pick-up the document(s).
  • You may ask ISS to mail the document(s) to you by regular mail (domestic or international), but keep in mind that this could take quite a while to reach you. To do so, send an e-mail request to with the correct mailing address.
  • You may authorize a friend to pick up the document(s) on your behalf. To do so, send your friend an e-mail from your TAMU e-mail account granting them permission to pick up your document(s). Your friend should print the e-mail you send them and bring it with them to ISS when they want to pick up the document(s).
  • You may use the eShipGlobal service to have your document(s) express mailed to you through either DHL or FedEx at your own expense. To do so, visit (do not visit DHL or FedEx directly). You will be required to create a user name and password to set up an account. To request shipment, you will need your TAMU UIN, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and credit card information. If you have questions about how to use this service, review the Help section of the eShipGlobal website or e-mail

Health Insurance

All international students at Texas A&M University, including those at the Galveston campus, are required to maintain health insurance. Please be aware that all international students are automatically enrolled in the System Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP) unless they apply for and are granted a waiver. For additional information about the health insurance rules, policies, and more, visit the Health Insurance section of the ISS website.

Stay Informed

Get up-to-date immigration information by signing up for the ISS listserv. And new, just for you, join the Facebook Page for ISS TAMUG! ISS also has a Twitter account you can follow!

24/7 Round-the-Clock Support
  • If you experience an emergency that may impact your immigration status during business hours (8:00am – 5:00pm), please call the ISS office at 979-845-1824.
  • If you experience an emergency that may impact your immigration status outside of business hours (5:00pm – 8:00am), please call the ISS emergency phone at 979-255-6005.
    • If your situation is not an emergency, you will be asked to call the ISS office during the next available business day.
Contact us

Can't find the information you're looking for on our website? Have other questions? Feel free to email us at (with subject: 'TAMUG'), or give us a call at (979) 845-1824.

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last updated: 10/2013
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