Contact Us

Stay in contact with OISS social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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

F-1 and J-1 Student inquiries can be emailed to or call (805) 893-2929

J-1 Scholar inquires can be emailed to or call (805) 893-2211

H-1B and Green Card inquiries can be emailed to or call (805) 893-2929

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

Office Administration

Director: Simran Singh
Intake Advisor/Administrative Assistant: Kyle Argonza

Student Services

Student Programs Coordinator/Lead Advisor: Cristina Carney
Student Programs Coordinator/Advisor: Erik Williams
Student Advisors: Nicole Morgan, Madison Motoyasu, Maya James and Trevor Brandt
  • 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

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.

Immigration 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. Questions regarding the Green Card process.

Cultural Programs and Marketing: Chryss Yost and Ashley Rifkin
  • Student engagement programs, International Student Orientation, corporate partners