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The VIS Office has moved to be virtual. Please reach us via vis@stonybrook.edu or reach a specific VIS advisor via their individual email.

  • 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 Hirst

    International Student & Scholar Assistant

    Email: Laura.Hirst@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

    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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    Nancy A. Lannak

    Advisor to International Faculty & Scholars

    Phone: (631) 632-1103

    Email: Nancy.Lannak@stonybrook.edu

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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
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    Rinma

     

  • Advising Hours & Document Pickup

     

    Virtual Advising by Appointment

    As of Monday, March 23, all in-person advising is suspended due to Coronavirus-related measures. If you are a student and need to speak with a VIS advisor, please schedule an  online advising appointment. If you are a visiting research scholar or international faculty member please email  vis_scholar@stonybrook.edu to schedule a time to talk.

    Schedule an Online Appointment


    F-1 & J-1 Student Advising Hours

    Day Time Type

    Monday

    9:30am-4:30pm

    Virtual Advising By Appointment

    Tuesday

    9:30am-4:30pm

    Virtual Advising By Appointment

    Wednesday

    9:30am-4:30pm

    Virtual Advising By Appointment

    Thursday

    NO ADVISING

    NO ADVISING

    Friday

    9:30am-4:30pm

    Virtual Advising By Appointment

     

      Faculty & Scholar Advising Hours

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

     

    Document Pickup 

    Due to COVID-related measures, document drop off / pick up is restricted to the below days/times. 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-12:00pm

    Tuesday

    12:00pm-3:00pm

    Wednesday

    9:00am-12:00pm

    Thursday

    12:00pm-3:00pm

    Friday

    9:00am-12:00pm

     
  • 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