The OISS team of advisers serves as your primary resource for immigration support. We are here to answer any questions you have about your immigration status, federal immigration regulations, immigration documents, work authorization, changing status and more.

  • Visit the Contact Us page for the Danforth and Medical campus office locations and current office hours.
  • Use the online scheduler to schedule a virtual or an in-person appointment with your OISS adviser.

Please note: Adviser appointments should NOT be scheduled to complete routine requests such as “check-in” or “travel signature” requests. Follow the instructions below:

F-1 & J-1 Students
  • Complete Check-in via MyOISS
  • Request a Travel Signature via MyOISS
international scholars & employees

F-1 and J-1 students

F-1 and J-1 student advisers are assigned based on school/academic program, level of study, and the first letter, or the first few letters, of your last name (surname).

Find your adviser
Arts & Sciences including DBBS
Degree levelSurname/last name begins with Your OISS adviser
Graduate A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, TChloe Colbert
GraduateN, O, P, Q, R, SChristina Choe
Graduate U, V, W, XJohn Ampomah
GraduateY, ZJeanne Pizarro
Undergraduate allJeff Cernucan
McKelvey School of Engineering
Degree levelSurname/ last name begins withYour OISS adviser
GraduateA, B, CJohn Ampomah
GraduateD, E, F, G, W, XGaby Renteria-Poepsel
GraduateH, I, JJeanne Pizarro
GraduateK, La- Li*, Q, R, S, T, U, VJeff Cernucan
GraduateLiang – Lyu**, YChristina Choe
GraduateM, N, O, P, ZChloe Colbert
UndergraduateallJeff Cernucan
* Last Names that begin with La, Le; and last names that are Li
** Last Names that begin with Liang, Ll, Lo, Lu, Ly
Olin Business School
Degree levelSurname/last name begins withYour OISS adviser
GraduateA – FJeanne Pizarro
GraduateG – LChristina Choe
GraduateM – WJohn Ampomah
GraduateX – ZGaby Renteria-Poepsel
UndergraduateallJeff Cernucan
Brown School, Law School, Medical School, Sam Fox School, CAPS & Exchange Students
SchoolDegree levelYour OISS adviser
Brown SchoolGraduateChloe Colbert
Law SchoolGraduateJeanne Pizarro
Medical SchoolGraduateAriel Carpenter
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual ArtsGraduate Gaby Renteria-Poepsel
CAPSGraduateAriel Carpenter
Exchange studentsUndergraduate & GraduateJeff Cernucan

International scholars & employees

To contact an International Scholar/Employee Advisor, please reach out via email as follows:

J-1 Scholars:
Send email to

Employees with H-1B, TN, E-3 & O-1 visas & LPRs:
Send email to the Associate Director for Scholars

The OISS scholar team shares caseloads with advisers specializing as follows:

AdviserAdvises scholars and employees with the status
Laura RegisterJ-1 scholars (sponsored by WashU)
Employees with H-1B, TN, TN, E-3 & O-1 visa status
Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs)
Patricia SchaeferH-1B, TN, and E-3 visa status
Brett WobbeJ-1 scholars (sponsored by WashU)
Kayleen McDonaldH-1B, TN, and E-3 visa status