Frequently Asked Questions:

I am a new International Student, what should I bring with me for Intake?
Can someone else pick up documents for me?
How can I avoid immigration scams?
When should I pick up my documents?
I submitted a request through AccessVIS but I haven’t received anything except confirmation that my request was submitted, what should I do?
How can I make an appointment with an advisor?
I would like to work on campus, what do I need?
Scholarships For F-1 Students?
When are the Travel Signature Days and OPT/CPT Workshops?

I am a new International Student, what should I bring with me for Intake?

New International Students should complete Visa and Immigration Intake procedures during Orientation week or as soon as possible.  Failure to complete the Intake procedures in AccessVIS and report to VIS may endanger a student’s status in the United States.  Students must complete the online Immigration Intake and report to VIS with the following documents:

Passport US Visa I-20/DS-2019 I-94 Electronic Admission Number Printout

Can someone else pick up documents for me?

Yes, however, he or she will need to have a dated and signed letter authorizing him or her to pick up the documents.  The letter should include your ID#, first and last name and the person’s first and last name.

How can I avoid immigration scams?

Immigration scams are an unfortunate occurrence that may come in many forms. Scammers may even have very specific, detailed information about you and your immigration situation. Don't be a victim! Please visit http://www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams/common-scams to learn more about common immigration scams. DO NOT give payment over the phone to anyone who claims to be a USCIS official. If you have any questions about your status, contact your VIS advisor.

When should I pick up my documents?

You will receive an email from vis@stonybrook.edu that your items are ready to be picked up.  Arriving earlier to VIS will not expedite the process. When you receive an email confirming that your items are ready please be sure to bring your Stony Brook ID card to the office.

I submitted a request through AccessVIS but I haven’t received anything except confirmation that my request was submitted, what should I do?

It may take up to three weeks for your advisor to complete the necessary steps in AccessVIS and in SEVIS.  We ask that you wait patiently.  If a significant amount has passed please email vis@stonybrook.edu.

How can I make an appointment with an advisor?

AccessVIS should be used in order to process most requests. Please feel free to take advantage of our walk-in days: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  If you still require an appointment please email to vis@stonybrook.edu or call 631-632-4685, please be sure to include your full name, ID number and availability.

I would like to work on campus, what do I need?

Students interested in working on campus, and who do not already have an employment offer, should visit Career Center’s ZebraNet and apply for a position.  Once you have an offer letter for a position on campus, the department you will work for will need to complete the Employment Authorization letter with specific information pertaining to your position, each department should have this letter on file.  If the department does not have this on file please ask someone from the department to email vis@stonybrook.edu directly.  Once the letter is complete, fill out the SSN Authorization Request on AccessVIS.  You will receive an email when the process is complete and when you may pick up your letter.  You will need to get a Social Security Number.

Scholarships For F-1 Students?

A helpful resource for Undergraduate students, seeking additional funding for their course of study.  Click Here!

When are the Travel Signature Days and OPT/CPT Workshops?  OPT/CPT Schedules here.

Travel Signature Days
Tuesday, February 25th 1PM-4PM ( Exchange Travel Signature )   
Friday, March 7th 1PM-4PM ( Exchange Travel Signature )    
  Tuesday, March 11th 1PM-4PM
  Friday March 14th 1PM-4PM 
  Monday, April 7th 9AM-12PM
  Thursday, April 17th 1PM-4PM 
  Monday, April 21st 1PM-4PM 
  Wednesday, April 30th 9AM-12PM 
  Friday, May 2nd 1PM-4PM
 Wednesday, May 7th 9AM-12PM 
  Wednesday, May 14th 1PM-4PM 
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