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International Faculty and Staff: Adjustments to Immigration Advising Services

Office of Global Learning

Dear international faculty and staff,

Due to Cornell’s additional measures of maximizing social distancing and minimizing the spread of COVID-19, the Office of Global Learning is temporarily adjusting immigration advising services. We are providing in-person support only for international faculty and staff with urgent travel and employment needs, and we are moving to email for less urgent (time-sensitive) services.

Effective today, walk-in advising will only be available for travel signatures, document pick-up (such as DS-2019 and USCIS I-797 notices), and urgent advising questions. Those visiting Caldwell Hall in person will be asked to wait in the hallway outside the International Services office and to enter the advising space one at a time.

All other services should be submitted via email. We also have a mailbox outside the door to the office where international faculty and staff may drop off documents. As always, you may call or email to set an appointment.

While processing times for non-urgent services have slowed, we remain committed to the swiftest turnaround possible. We are working diligently to address all of our community’s needs at this unprecedented time. As the situation is fluid, we may find it necessary to modify our walk-in operations further.

Remember: if you change your physical address within the U.S., you must notify us within 10 days. If you are on a Cornell-sponsored H-1B, working remotely (in the U.S.), we may need to amend your H-1B petition if working in a county (e.g. Tompkins) different from the one originally specified in your H1B petition. Please notify us if this is the case.

Thank you for your understanding as we adapt our services to meet the needs of the community during this time of transition.


Office of Global Learning International Services