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Updated September 6, 2021

Fall 2021: Due to ongoing COVID-19 conditions, the International Center will work in a primarily remote environment, with  a limited number of walk-in hours for quick document drop-off and pick-up service at our three locations. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we continue to prioritize the safety of our students, scholars, and International Center staff. For more information about our Fall 2021 services, see our Guide to Getting Things Done with the International Center. 

We encourage you to make an advising appointment with an International Center advisor about any matter of concern, including questions about visa and immigration requirements, employment, travel, academic or personal issues, Tufts resources, and more.

F-1 / J-1 Student and J-1 Scholar Advising Appointments

You can schedule a virtual appointment session with an international student and scholar advisor by clicking on the scheduling link indicated below. You will receive a confirmation email generated by our online advising appointment system (Calendly or Acuity Scheduling). Please cancel your appointment at least 24 hours in advance if you are unable to make the appointment. If you prefer a phone appointment, please schedule an appointment using the online scheduling system and send an email to your advisor to indicate your preference.

Advisor Name Schools and Areas Served Scheduling Links
Patrick Himes
Assistant Director
  • Arts & Sciences undergraduates (Last names A - G)
  • Arts & Sciences graduate students (all)
  • Cummings Veterinary School (students only)
Schedule an Appointment with Pat
Neriliz Soto-Gonzalez
Assistant Director
  • All Boston Health Sciences campus programs (all students and and J-1 scholars)
Schedule an Appointment with Neriliz
Reiko Ohmura
Senior International Student and Scholar Advisor
  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (all students and J-1 scholars)
  • School of Engineering (J-1 Scholars only)
Schedule an Appointment with Reiko
Heather Varnet
International Student and Scholar Advisor
  • Arts & Sciences undergraduates (Last names H - Z)
  • Arts & Sciences / Engineering undergraduate financial aid students
  • Arts & Sciences (J-1 Scholars)
  • Cummings Veterinary School (J-1 scholars only)
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts (J-1 scholars and dual-degree students)
Schedule an Appointment with Heather
Lizzie Siegle
International Student and Scholar Advisor
  • School of Engineering (all students)
  • University Programs and Partnerships (all students)
Schedule an Appointment with Lizzie
Stefanie Rich
International Student Advisor
  • Global Education exchange students (all students)
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts (students)
Schedule an Appointment with Stefanie 
Andrew Shiotani
  • Student immigration policy
  • Change of status and other complex immigration situations
Schedule and Appointment with Andrew

H-1B, TN, and Permanent Residence Advising

For questions regarding H-1B, TN, or other employment visas contact the following staff by email to schedule appointments.

Advisor Schools
Sarah Curry
Senior Immigration Specialist
  • Arts & Sciences
  • School of Engineering
  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Andrew Shiotani
  • Schedule a Zoom Appointment with Andrew
  • Boston Health Sciences schools (including Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy)
  • Tufts Medical Center and affiliated hospitals
  • Central administration units
  • Permanent residence for all campuses
  • General immigration policy and procedure (employment)