Office of Faculty Affairs

Office of Faculty Affairs - International Faculty

Resources for International Faculty

International Affairs Office at CUMC

Informational Workshops Sponsored by ISSO

Research Foundation for Mental Health

'Peer to Peer' Help


International Affairs Office at CUMC


The International Affairs Office (IAO) assists hired/enrolled faculty, students and personnel at CUMC with initial and continuing visa documentation, and also provides information through bi-monthly announcements, consultation and workshops (see below). The IAO sponsors F-1, J-1,

H-1, O-1, and TN-1 visas and prepares materials for both the primary visa holder and their family members. All visa documentation for internationals working or studying at the Medical Center Campus must be processed through the IAO (with the exception of students in the Mailman School of Public Health and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences who are processed through the International Students and Scholars Office on the Morningside Campus). 




Location and hours:  The IAO is located on the first floor of the Black Building and is open for walk-in consultations and appointments from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Staff and contact:

Kathleen McVeigh, Director
Phone: 212-305-8165

Bonnie Garner, Assistant Director
Phone: 212-305-5455



Informational Workshops Sponsored by ISSO

The IAO and ISSO also sponsor workshops providing information on topics such as visa status options, changes in immigration regulations, international taxation and on advanced immigration matters, presented by nationally recognized attorneys. 

Further information about these programs can be found at the ISSO website and the Bi-monthly IAO Announcements sent to all internationals sponsored through the IAO.


Research Foundation for Mental Health (RFMH)

For faculty paid through RFMH the agency provides initial and continuing visa documentation, material preparation and attorney referrals.

Location and hours: RFMH office on the first floor of the Pardes Building of NYSPI at 1151 Riverside Drive

Staff and contact:

Ralph Koerner

Phone: 212-543-5781



 “Peer to Peer” Consulting Panel

The faculty members listed below have had experience with various issues that frequently come up for international faculty (e.g. including visa changes, green card applications, grant application regulations, taxation, etc.). They have offered to share their experience and provide support for fellow faculty members now dealing with these issues. If you think this might be helpful to you, please contact one of them at the email listed next to their name.

Adi Talati, PhD      

Claudia Schmauss MD

Wilfred Raby, MD, PhD

Masud  Rahman,MBA



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