IGSS Contacts

Effective 3/25/2020: We are working behind closed doors during our regular office hours. In order to reduce the chance of virus transmission, we no longer provide walk-in advising. We will do our best to assist in the following ways:

  • Request forms and procedures  are available online  
  • Immigration documents may be picked up in 120 GLC between 1-4pm, M-F.
  • Immigration advising -- call 540-231-8486 | email to igss@vt.edu 
  • OPT packet review --  Upload your entire OPT packet in the OPT I-20 request e-form if you would like an immigration advisor to review your packet before you mail it to USCIC.

    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.


Our immigration advisors provide assistance with navigating complex immigration requirements and assist our students and graduate programs with maximizing the benefits of F-1/J-1 student status.   

Monika Gibson
Director of Graduate Student Services, Alternate Responsible Officer, PDSO

Mark Dennis 
Immigration Advisor, ARO, DSO

Matt Grice
Senior Admissions and Academic Progress Advisor, part-time immigration advisor, DSO

Tina Lapel
SEVIS Compliance Coordinator, Senior Immigration Advisor, ARO, DSO

Jenn Walters
Admissions and Academic Progress Advisor, part-time immigration advisor, DSO

Karen Wills
Immigration Advisor, ARO, DSO

Office Hours:

  • Walk-in advising hours:
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00am-12:00 p.m.
  • Summer Office Hours: Monday- Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (DST)

Mailing Address:

Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Virginia Tech (0325)
155 Otey Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061 U.S.A.
Tel: (540) 231-8486  Fax: (540) 231-3714
E-mail: igss@vt.edu