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ISS - Fall 2023 Contact Information

Changes to our Office Entrance 

We've renovated our public office (KL-101) to better serve the needs of our UC Merced community. As part of this renovation, our main entrance is no longer located in the KL-101 main hallway. Our new entrance is now the KL-101 external door, located immediately next to the CARE Office and near Social Justice Plaza:

International Students and Scholars (ISS) is within the Office of International Affairs (OIA) located in the Kolligian Library, Room 101. Office Hours are below:

  • Monday 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm

ISS staff are on a hybrid work schedule; on-campus three days per week and remote two days. You can reach an advisor by email or cell phone as noted below:

Lacey Long-Vejar, International Student Visa Specialist (F-1/F-2/J-1/J-2 Students) Email: Phone: (209) 259-8913 (On-campus Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays)

Rico Johnson, International Scholar Visa Specialist (J-1/J-2 Scholars): Email: Phone: (209) 355-1018 (On-campus Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays)

Becky Mirza, Assistant Director for International Students and Scholars/Employment-Based Visas (H, O, E-3, TN, Permanent Residency): Email: Phone: (209) 355-0913 (On-campus Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays)

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