ISSO Morningside, Faculty and Scholar Services

About Us

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We work with Morningside academic departments in bringing international faculty and researchers to the university and overseeing their stay.

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Our team is responsible for the university's compliance with the J-1 Exchange Visitor program for researchers, professors and student interns.

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We file nonimmigrant petitions with USCIS (Immigration and Citizenship Services) for other visa types used by our Morningside academic community.

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We provide orientation programs for Morningside J-1 scholars and one-on-one training for Morningside department staff members with whom we work.

MEET A MORNINGSIDE SCHOLAR ADVISER*

Walk-In Services (No Appointment Necessary)

For document pick-up/drop-off & travel signatures.

9 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday

3280 Broadway (between 132nd street and 133rd street), Nash Building, 5th Floor, Room 510, New York, NY 10027. Get directions.

Email or Call Your Adviser

For general questions.

9 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday

Visit our School and Visa page to learn which adviser you should contact.

Schedule an Appointment

For more complex immigration issues.

Appointment availability depends on adviser.

Visit our School and Visa page to learn which adviser you should contact.

  • Ximena is part of the Scholar Advising Team in the Nash Building providing services to Columbia’s Morningside scholar community. They work with academic departments in bringing international faculty and researchers to the university,  provide orientation programs for J-1 scholars and workshops and one-on-one training for  department staff members with whom they work.

  • Tomasz works for the American Language Program (ALP) of the School of Professional Studies.

    He provides visa documentation services and advisement for students enrolled in courses for English as a Second Language. Tomasz coordinates with the Compliance team in the transition of students from ALP to academic programs at Columbia.

     

  • As a member of the Student Advising Team, Simone is part of the busy Riverside Drive office that assists our large population of international students in matters relating to their immigration-related needs, providing advisory and documentation services and information on a host of issues, including, but not limited to visas, enrollment, employment, and travel.

     

  • As a member of the Student Advising Team, Rosaceli is part of the busy Riverside Drive office that assists our large population of international students in matters relating to their immigration-related needs, providing advisory and documentation services and information on a host of issues, including, but not limited to visas, enrollment, employment, and travel.

     

  • As a member of the Student Advising Team, Regina is part of the busy Riverside Drive office that assists the very large number of international students in matters relating to their immigration-related needs, providing advisory and documentation services and information on a host of issues, including, but not limited to employment, visas, enrollment and travel.

  • As a member of the Student Advising Team, Noelle is part of the busy Riverside Drive office that serves the large population of international students in matters relating to their immigration-related needs, providing advisory and documentation services and information on a host of issues, including, but not limited to visas, enrollment, employment, and travel.

  • As a member of the Compliance Team Nadia assists Associate Director Maria Reynoso in processing visa documents and database management. She works with colleagues on the Student Advising Team in other matters related to student compliance issues.

  • As a member of the Student Advising Team, Michelle is part of the busy Riverside Drive office that assists the very large number of international students in matters relating to their immigration-related needs, providing advisory and documentation services and information on a host of issues, including, but not limited to employment, visas, enrollment and travel.

  • As a member of the Student Advising Team, Michael is part of the busy Riverside Drive office that assists our large population of international students in matters relating to their immigration-related needs, providing advisory and documentation services and information on a host of issues, including, but not limited to visas, enrollment, employment, and travel.

  • As Associate Director of Information Technology, Michael is responsible for all the multiple, challenging and complex information technology needs of our three locations.

  • As a member of the Compliance Team, Mazaher assists Associate Director Maria Reynoso in processing student visa documents and database management. He works with colleagues on the Student Advising Team in other matters related to student compliance issues.

  • Maria directs the Compliance Team at the Nash Building location. They are responsible for the issuance of student visa documents, totaling more than 5000 just for incoming students for summer and fall term.

    Working with the advising team, the compliance team helps students to maintain their status by following the regulations that govern their stay. They are also responsible for university compliance with federal regulations.

  • Marcia’s responsibilities are too numerous and varied to list and describe. She manages all administrative aspects of the Riverside Drive and Nash Building locations.

  • As a member of the Student Advising Team, Marc is part of the busy Riverside Drive office that assists our large population of international students in matters relating to their immigration-related needs, providing advisory and documentation services and information on a host of issues, including, but not limited to visas, enrollment, employment, and travel.

  • Lana is the Assistant Director for Information Technology. She's part of a team of two kept busy serving all the technology needs of our three locations.

  • Kathy directs the office that provides documentation services for, and advisement to, the international community of students, faculty and scholars on the Columbia University Medical Campus (CUMC).

  • Jennifer oversees the Student Advising team at the Riverside Drive location for the Morningside campus. She also serves as the main point of contact for academic departments.

    The advising team assists our large population of international students in matters relating to their immigration-related needs, providing advisory and documentation services and information on a host of issues, including but not limited to, visas, employment, enrollment, travel, and tax-filing obligations.

    The team provides information sessions at orientation programs and offers employment-related workshops throughout the academic year.

  • As a member of the Student Advising Team, Jasmine is part of the busy Riverside Drive office that assists our large population of international students in matters relating to their immigration-related needs, providing advisory and documentation services and information on a host of issues, including, but not limited to visas, enrollment, employment, and travel.

  • Jane is the Associate Director for Faculty and Scholar Services. She leads the Scholar Advising Team, located in the Nash Building, that serves the Morningside campus schools. They work with academic departments in bringing international faculty and researchers to the university and overseeing their stay.

    The scholar team is responsible for the university's compliance with the J-1 Exchange Visitor program for researchers, professors and student interns, and files nonimmigrant petitions with USCIS (Immigration and Citizenship Services) for other visa types used by our academic community.

    They provide orientation programs for J-1 scholars and workshops and one-on-one training for department staff members with whom they work.

  • Hadija is part of the office that provides documentation services for, and advisement to, the international community of students, faculty and scholars on the Columbia University Medical Campus (CUMC).

  • Gwyneth is part of the office that provides documentation services for, and advisement to, the international community of students, faculty and scholars on the Columbia University Medical Campus (CUMC).

  • Gabriel is part of the Scholar Advising Team in the Nash Building providing services to Columbia’s Morningside scholar community. They work with academic departments in bringing international faculty and researchers to the university,  provide orientation programs for J-1 scholars and workshops and one-on-one training for department staff members with whom they work.

  • Ellen is currently the Associate Director for Communication. She has worked at the International Students and Scholars Office in a variety of roles over many years.

    She is delighted to have worked closely the past year with Ben Canning-Pereira, our Interactive Design Manager, in creating a new website  for the international community who come to Columbia to study, teach and conduct research — and the university members who admit, appoint, employ, teach and and work with them!

  • Elizabeth is part of the Scholar Advising Team in the Nash Building providing services to Columbia’s Morningside scholar community. They work with academic departments in bringing international faculty and researchers to the university,  provide orientation programs for J-1 scholars and workshops and one-on-one training for  department staff members with whom they work.

  • As a member of the Compliance Team, Dawn assists Associate Director Maria Reynoso in processing visa documents and database management. She works with colleagues on the Student Advising Team in other matters related to student compliance issues.

  • David provides leadership and oversight of the provision of services to Columbia’s international student and scholar community across two campuses and the expansion to three offices. He came to Columbia in 2014 and is very pleased to be here at an exciting time of growth and change.

  • Colleen is part of the Scholar Advising Team in the Nash Building providing services to Columbia’s Morningside scholar community. They work with academic departments in bringing international faculty and researchers to the university,  provide orientation programs for J-1 scholars and workshops and one-on-one training for department staff members with whom they work.

  • As a member of the Compliance Team, Claire assists Associate Director Maria Reynoso in processing visa documents and database management. She works with colleagues on the Student Advising Team in other matters related to student compliance issues.

  • Ben Canning-Pereira’s primary role is to assist Ellen Cohen in maintaining all communications-related materials for the ISSO. His responsibilities include maintaining this website, as well as managing email marketing, user testing, and online communications. His job is to put the “user” first — this means the international community who come to Columbia to study, teach and conduct research — and the university members who admit, appoint, employ, teach and work with them!

  • Anne is part of the office that provides documentation services for, and advisement to, the international community of students, faculty and scholars on the Columbia University Medical Campus (CUMC).

  • As a member of the Student Advising Team, Alexis is part of the busy Riverside Drive office that assists the very large number of international students in matters relating to their immigration-related needs, providing advisory and documentation services and information on a host of issues, including, but not limited to employment, visas, enrollment and travel.

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*Special Situations

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Office Closings

We will be closed Monday, December 25th through Tuesday, January, 2nd. We will re-open on Wednesday, January 3rd.

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