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Due to the COVID-19 situation, our main office (KL-101) is closed until further notice, but we remain available remotely, M-F 8:00-5:00, to answer questions and provide remote advising and other services. We are also available to address any emergencies.

 Employment-based visas: Becky Mirza (; 209-355-0913)

J-1 scholar visas: Rico Johnson (; 209-355-1018)

Student (F-1, J-1) visas: Lacey Long-Vejar (; 209-259-8913)

ISS-related emergencies: Becky Mirza (209-355-0913)

Other queries & concerns: Garett Gietzen (; 209-285-9780)

Our Mission

The Office of International Affairs supports UC Merced’s vision of becoming a leading international research institution. Through visa services, study abroad and internationalization efforts, OIA aims to position UC Merced to take a prominent place in global higher education and research.

The Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs in Room 101 of the Kolligian Library is your one-stop shop for immigration and study abroad advising. Stop by the office to make an appointment with an advisor, grab a cup of tea or use a computer available to students and scholars.


  • Advising support for nonimmigrant students, scholars and staff and faculty members.
  • Visa document production for nonimmigrant students and scholars.
  • A wide variety of programs and workshops.
  • Training and support for campus department administrators.
  • Permanent resident petitions for international faculty members.

Student Advising

Student and scholar advisors are available for consultation Monday through Friday. However, an appointment is necessary to meet with an advisor. Call 209-228-4722, email or drop by the Office of International Affairs in KL 101 to make an appointment.