Contact Us

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Incoming students:
The online CALI Training forum in GauchoSpace is a great place ask questions and get answers.

Not sure who to contact?
E-mail or call (805)893-2929 and we will direct your question to a specialist who can help you.

If you have general questions about becoming a UCSB student, including qualifying, transfer credit, or the admissions process, please visit this page for help.

Assistant Vice Chancellor: Lupe Navarro-Garcia

Office Administration

Director: Simran Singh

Student Services

Student Advisor Lead Advisor: Cristina Carney
Student Advisors:
Nicole Morgan, Carli Fowler, Erik Williams and Madison Motoyasu
  • Questions regarding maintaining F-1 or J-1 student status, including deferring or extending I-20/DS-2019 program dates, requests to drop below full-time enrollment, on-campus and off-campus employment, especially the OPT application process, reinstatement of immigration status following disciplinary action or leaves of absence.

Scholar Services

Immigration Counselor: Tanya Plant
  • Recruitment processes for permanent staff positions (requiring at least a Bachelor’s degree) or for tenure-track / full-time lecturer teaching positions, questions about the Green Card or Labor Certification or U.S. Citizenship processes,questions about completing or updating the I-9 form for a Foreign National hire

Employment-Based Visa Specialist: Kayleen McDonald

  • Questions relating to initiating and extending Employment-Based visa categories, including H-1B, TN, and E-3. Inquiries regarding the Wage Determination request process to initiate H-1B visas and PERM Labor Certifications.
J-1 Visiting Scholar (non-student) Services:

J-1 Scholar Advisors: Jason Hopkins and  Mavel M. Marina

  • Questions related to J-1 Visiting Scholars including beginning a new program, extending a current program, transferring in or out, travel and re-entry, adding new dependents, J-2 employment, J-1 health insurance requirements and compliance.

Cultural Programs and Marketing: Chryss Yost
  • English Language & American Culture Summer Workshop, International Student Orientation, corporate partners