Frequently Asked Questions
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:
- US Visa
- I-94 Electronic Admission Number Printout
If you are unable to collect your document from Visa & Immigration Services, you may authorize a friend or family member to pick it up on your behalf. To do so, please complete the Authorize Friend to Collect Documents form in accessVIS.
Note: VIS will not release any personal documents without written authorization.
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.
You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-632-4685, please be sure to include your full name, ID number and availability.
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 email@example.com 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.
A helpful resource for Undergraduate students, seeking additional funding for their course of study.
Please visit our OPT/CPT workshop schedule.
Please view the Philip Kleiner presentation for immigration options after graduation.
Anyone can depart the U.S., however not everyone can reenter the U.S. Students in F-1 or J-1 status must return to the U.S. BEFORE the end date listed on their Form I-20/DS-2019 AND have a valid travel signature.
All countries have their own travel restrictions and requirements which differ depending on the individual's nationality. Be sure to check the country's official website for information on what documents you'll need visit.
For instance, those traveling to Canada must:
Have a valid travel document, such as a passport,
be in good health,
Convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country,
Convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit, and
Have enough money for your stay. (The amount of money you will need can vary. it depends on things like how long you will stay, and whether you will stay in a hotel or with friends or relatives.)
Please click here for a list of Travel Signature Days for the current semester.