International Students and Scholars

Welcome to the

International Students and Scholars

Mission Statement

Each year, Queens College hosts 600 to 650 international students, scholars, and their dependents. The International Students and Scholars Office assists students and faculty in obtaining and maintaining the F-1 International Student and J-1 Exchange Visitor, U.S. Visa-Immigration Status for the purpose of studying, teaching, and/or conducting research at the college/university on a short-term basis.



Limited walk-in hours: Mondays – Wednesdays, 10 AM – 1 PM. (For general questions only)

To request an in-person appointment with one of our advisors, you must email us at​.

You can also click on the right to schedule a virtual appointment, or use our ISS Virtual Office Assistant.

You can also swipe down to schedule a virtual appointment, or use our ISS Virtual Office Assistant.


Office Information

Director: Patrick O’Connell
Office: King Hall 207
Phone: 718-997-4440
Fax: 718-997-4429

Schedule a Virtual Appointment:

Undergraduate Erika
Graduate Karen
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Our Services


  • Documents, procedures, and advice for obtaining and maintaining U.S., F-1 and J-1 International Student and Exchange Visitor Visa and Immigration Status.
  • U.S. employment advice and authorization.
  • Extension of educational stay at the college.
  • Travel advice and authorization for entering/re-entering the United States.
  • College/city orientation program for new students and scholars, including information on transportation, banking, U.S. Social Security Card, and New York State Driver’s License, and advice regarding health services and health insurance in the United States.
  • Information, and advice on legal, housing, financial, U.S. tax, cross-cultural and student affairs issues.
  • Special programs and events, including participation in the International Student Community Organization and the International Student Affairs Committee.