International Student Information

The following requirements are mandatory for all NMSU students who have an F-1 or J-1 visa:

Full-time enrollment

F-1 and J-1 visa status students must be enrolled full-time in fall and spring semesters, with very few exceptions, to remain in-status. For graduate students, this means at least 9 credits in the fall and spring semester. For undergraduate students, the minimum is 12 credits per semester. Only one class of your minimum credit load may be an online class.

Health Insurance

All international students with F-1  or J-1 status and family members who hold F-2 or J-2 status are required to have NMSU health insurance at all times. Students may not register for future semesters until proving health insurance coverage.

Address changes and personal data

It is important that the ISSS office has your local address, your NMSU email address, an alternate email address, your local and/or cell phone number, and an emergency contact on file. If this information changes, please let us know.

Please remember that all international students are required to notify the ISSS office within 10 days of any local address change. Update your address on your MyNMSU page, and also notify our office by email.

New documents

If you are issued a new passport or visa, ISSS will need an updated copy. Contact the ISSS office prior to mailing your documents for passport renewal.

Current travel endorsement signature

You will need to have your I-20 or DS-2019 document signed by an ISSS staff member every six (6) months, to verify that you are still in-status and in good standing. Please allow three business days for processing.



Our office, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), can provide current students with the following documents:

  • New I-20 in case you:
    • need an extension to complete your degree. (We will supply you with the forms needed).
    • lose your original I-20.
    • change your major or degree. (If beginning a new degree, new financial documentation is required.)
    • need an I-20 for family members (spouse and/or children) to travel to the U.S. (additional financial requirements apply).
  • Passport renewal letter. (Please provide a scan of your current passport identification page)
  • Social Security Number. Students receive a social security number after finding on-campus employment. You’ll need to have your employer provide a memo on NMSU letterhead that states your hired position.

For these documents, please allow five working days. Documents will be returned to your NMSU email address in PDF form. If you need assistance with your documents contact

Other document requests

Official transcripts and address and enrollment verification letters can be requested from the Registrar’s Office, located in the Educational Services Building, ph. 646-3411. Please allow 2 days for processing, and pick up the item in person with your NMSU ID.

Information and Social Events – the FSN Network

Prospective and current students can make transitioning in to the NMSU campus relatively easy with the help of the International Club of NMSU. This clubs aims to bring domestic and international students together by promoting social events, connecting social contacts, and having fun. The International Club of NMSU aims to connect NMSU students of different parts of the globe, in order to create a multicultural community that supports students in learning about each others’ cultures, and to adapt in the local community of Las Cruces. Please visit their Facebook page to find out more:

ISSS also manages an online listserv group (the “FSN,” Foreign Students Network), which serves the international student community. If you have items to buy or sell, need a roommate, need to find a translator, etc. or would like to post information about a coming event of interest to the international community, you may post this information to the listserv by emailing to All new students are added to this group automatically. If you are not on the listserv, you may join the network by sending a request to be added to the list, to the same email address.

  • NMSU International & Border Programs: ISSS
  • (575) 646-2834
  • Garcia Annex, Room 246
  • MSC 3567 / P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001