F-1 and J-1 International Student Services


Contact Information and Office Location

Colleen Ference Burke ( advises all J-1 students, SJD students, graduates on Optional Practical Training, and Taxation and Securities Regulation LL.M. students.

Ryan Coleman ( advises JD students, 2-year program students, and LL.M.s in the General, International Legal Studies, IBEL, National Security, Global Health, and Environmental programs.

Our offices are in the Graduate Programs suite (Hotung 5000).

Walk-In Advising Hours

Mondays: 1-3 p.m.

Wednesdays: 10 a.m.- noon

Fridays: 1-3 p.m. 

No appointment is necessary during walk in hours.  To make an appointment outside of walk-in hours, please email your advisor.

When the Office is Closed

Travel Signatures If you are leaving the U.S. before the office reopens or you are already overseas and in need of a travel signature or new I-20/DS-2019, please complete a shipping request via eShipGlobal (instructions here) and email to request a document. We will issue the I-20 or DS-2019 and sent to you when the office reopens.   

Lost/Stolen Passport If your passport is lost or stolen while you are in the United States, please contact your local embassy to apply for a replacement. Please note that some embassies require a police report in the case of a stolen passport.

Visa Delays If you are a continuing student experiencing delays with your visa renewal, please contact your international student advisor when the office reopens to discuss your situation.

Immigration-Related Emergencies Call the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 202-662-9325. Inform DPS that you are an international student and DPS will contact an advisor. Examples of Immigration-Related Emergencies: Trouble at the U.S. Port of Entry, immediate danger of deportation. 

About Our International Student Advising

This website is designed to inform you about the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations and policies. We will work closely with you to advise you and provide updated information about issues affecting your F-1 or J-1 student status. Please review this information frequently and contact us if you have questions or concerns. Although we offer professional and up-to-date guidance, the information we provide is of a general nature and should not to be construed as legal advice.

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