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  • Welcome

    Welcome

    Visa and Immigration Services (VIS) works with over 6,000 international students, scholars, and faculty from more than 100 countries. As a part of International Academic Programs, we advise and assist those in F-1 and J-1 status with regard to U.S. immigration matters and regulations. VIS is committed to providing international students and scholars with the highest level of expertise in advising and immigration services.

  • Mission

    Mission

    Stony Brook University is home to a diverse group of more than 6,000 international students, faculty and scholars from more than 100 countries.  Visa and Immigration Services (VIS) is committed to providing a wide variety of services to the international community of Stony Brook University.  Our mission is to facilitate international student and scholar admittance to the United States, assist in the transition to life in the U.S. and provide services necessary to meet the special needs of international students and scholars.

    To facilitate this mission, VIS serves as an information resource for all international students, faculty, scholars and the departments who invite them. In addition to issuing documents for students and scholars to obtain non-immigrant visas to study or work at the University, the office provides counseling and information in the areas of immigration, employment, cultural adjustment and personal development in order to promote success and compliance.

    Our purpose is to fulfill our commitment to international education by providing orientation, advising, information, programming and education to and about international students, scholars and their dependents.

    To help carry out our mission and purpose, our International Student and Scholar Advisors are available for advising by appointment or during designated walk-in hours. Beyond the bounds of the office, VIS connects students and scholars to academic and cultural events occurring on campus and throughout the community. We are also committed to maintaining strong partnerships with other student support services and work to connect students and scholars to these resources.

     

  • Staff & Administration

    Staff & Administration

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    Lindsi Walker

    Senior Assistant Dean, International Academic Programs and Services

    Email: lindsi.walker@stonybrook.edu

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    Meghan Gambino

    Director of Visa & Immigration Services

    Email: Meghan.Gambino@stonybrook.edu

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    Margaret Hartofilis

    International Student & Scholar Assistant

    Email: margaret.hartofilis@stonybrook.edu

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    Laura Perles

    International Student & Scholar Assistant

    Email: Laura.Perles@stonybrook.edu

     

      Student Advisors

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    Tricia Simons Figuero

    International Student Advisor

    Phone: (631) 632-2933

    Email: Tricia.SimonsFiguero@stonybrook.edu

    Caseload: A / B / C / D

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    Elizabeth Brooke

    International Student Advisor & Success Coordinator

    Phone: (631) 632-1140

    Email: Elizabeth.Brooke@stonybrook.edu

    Caseload: E / F / G / H / I / J

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    Alison Eassa

    International Student Advisor

    Phone: (631) 632-7036

    Email: Alison.Eassa@stonybrook.edu

    Caseload: K / L

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    Christos Kalesis

    International Student Advisor

    Phone: (631) 632-7048

    Email: Christos.Kalesis@stonybrook.edu

    Caseload: M / N / O / P / Q / R / Sa - Sh

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    Alissa Chomicki

    International Student Advisor

    Phone: (631) 632-1138

    Email: Alissa.Chomicki@stonybrook.edu

    Caseload: Si – Sz / T / U / V / W

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    Kelly Luquer

    International Student Advisor

    Phone: (631) 632-7192

    Email: Kelly.Luquer@stonybrook.edu

    Caseload: X / Y / Z

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    Jasmina Gradistanac

    International Student Advisor

    Phone: (631) 632-1657

    Email: Jasmina.Gradistanac@stonybrook.edu

      Caseload Info:  International Student Advisor Caseloads are divided alphabetically by first letter of the family name.   For example, if your family name begins with the letter "A" your advisor is Tricia Simons Figuero.

     

    Faculty & Scholar Advisors

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    Jessica Raphael

    Advisor to International Faculty & Scholars

    Phone: (631) 632-1655

    Email: Jessica.Raphael@stonybrook.edu

     Advisor caseloads are subject to change without notice.

     

    Student Assistants

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    Mirette

     

  • Advising Hours & Document Pickup

     

    Advising by Appointment

    We are excited to announce that VIS is returning to an in-person advising model for the fall, while continuing to offer remote advising via Google Hangout, Zoom or by phone.

     If you are a student and need to speak with a VIS advisor, please schedule an advising appointment using our online calendar.  If you are a new/initial student, please email vis@stonybrook.edu so we can connect you with our New/Initial Team. If you are a visiting research scholar or international faculty member please email vis_scholar@stonybrook.edu to schedule a time to talk.

    Click to Schedule an Appointment with a Student Advisor


    F-1 & J-1 Student Advising Hours

    Day Time Type

    Monday

    9:30am-3:30pm

    Virtual and In-Person Advising
    By Appointment

    Tuesday

    9:30am-3:30pm

    Virtual and In-Person Advising
    By Appointment

    Wednesday

    9:30am-3:30pm

    Virtual and In-Person Advising
    By Appointment

    Thursday

    No Advising                                                

    Friday

    9:30am-3:30pm

    Virtual and In-Person Advising
    By Appointment

     

      Faculty & Scholar Advising Hours

    Day Time  Type
    Tuesday 9:30am-12:30pm Virtual Advising By Appointment
    Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm In-Person Advising By Appointment

     

    Document Pickup 

    Document drop off / pick up is availble during regular business hours. When collecting documents, you must have a face covering and be prepared to show identification (ie. SBU ID card).
     

    Document Pickup Hours

    Day Time

    Monday

    9:00am-5:00pm

    Tuesday

    9:00am-5:00pm

    Wednesday

    9:00am-5:00pm

    Thursday

    9:00am-5:00pm

    Friday

    9:00am-5:00pm

     
  • Contact

    Contact Us

    Visa and Immigration Services
    Stony Brook University
    E-5310 Frank J. Melville Jr. Memorial Library
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-3393

    Phone:
       
    (631) 632-4685 
    Fax:           
    (631) 632-7064
    E-Mail:     
    vis@stonybrook.edu  

  • Chat with a VIS Advisor

    Chat with a VIS Advisor

    Our online chat service makes it easier for you to connect with a VIS Adviser if you have a quick question or need additional direction. Advisors can be reached through the online chat during regular weekday hours of 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and extended hours on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Chat is designed for short, immigration-related questions. Based on the complexity of your question, you may be advised to schedule an appointment to speak with an advisor directly. Please note:

    • At times, chat may be quite busy with an advisor(s) replying to multiple students at once. Your patience is appreciated.
    • You will need your SBU ID to begin a chat session with a VIS advisor.
    To Begin a Chat Session
    1. In the bottom right-hand corner click on "Chat with a VIS Advisor" (If you see "Leave a Message," it is outside of our chat hours, but you can leave a message and an advisor will respond via email within 1-2 business days).
    2. Enter your name, email address, and SBU ID# then click "Start the Chat".
    To End Your Chat Session
    1. Click the "X" in the upper right hand corner of the chat window.
    2. Confirm by clicking "Close the Chat".
    3. Provide any optional feedback to VIS and/or have your chat session emailed to you by clicking "Send Transcript" in the top left corning of the chat window.