Online/Virtual Immigration Advising
Transition to Online/Virtual Immigration Advising, effective March 23, 2020
Due to Virginia Tech’s (VT) ongoing response to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic, including going to online instruction for the rest of the semester, as well as university and governmental directives, guidelines, and/or recommendations regarding public health, Cranwell International Center will transition all immigration advising (appointments and walk-ins) for international undergraduate students to an online/virtual modality using Zoom, effective Monday, March 23, 2020.
Online/virtual meetings with an International Student Advisor/Immigration Specialist will be available Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. To schedule an online-virtual meeting, click below. Your appointment confirmation will include a link to your meeting in Zoom. When you join the meeting in Zoom at the time of your appointment, you may be placed in a virtual waiting room for a brief period of time if the previous appointment is still ongoing or if you are early.
If you need step-by-step instructions on how to schedule an appointment, click here.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we support the health and safety of all members of the Hokie Nation and the broader community.
Online/virtual advising involves conducting advising sessions using email, telephone, or video chat technology. This style of advising gives both students and advisors the opportunity for a face-to-face conversation when meeting in person is not possible.
To schedule an online/virtual immigration meeting, you will need to schedule an appointment with your International Student Advisor/Immigration Specialist by following the instructions at: https://international.vt.edu/immigration/appointment.html. Appointments will be available Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. The link for your Zoom meeting will be included in the appointment confirmation. To access the meeting in Zoom, all you will have to do is click the link and log in using your VT credentials. When you join the meeting in Zoom at the time of your appointment, you may be placed in a virtual awaiting room for a brief period of time if the previous appointment is still ongoing or if you are early.
Due to Virginia Tech’s (VT) ongoing response to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic, including going to online instruction for the rest of the semester, as well as university and governmental directives, guidelines, and/or recommendations regarding public health, we are not scheduling in-person appointments at this time except in extreme situations. If you have concerns or otherwise need to reach an International Student Advisor/Immigration Specialist or any other member of the team in Cranwell International Center outside of the online/virtual Zoom advising, you may email/call that individual directly, or email/call the main office at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1.540.231.6527, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. If you believe you must meet with someone in-person, please email or call Cranwell International Center to discuss. As of March 27, 2020, any new/updated Form I-20 that you need, pursuant to an immigration request you submit through the IntlHokies Portal, will be signed electronically and sent to you electronically at your VT email; it will not be printed for pick-up or mailing.
Zoom is Virginia Tech’s platform for video conferencing, to facilitate our online/virtual immigration advising meetings. Current Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff members have Virginia Tech Zoom Pro accounts, where you can host, schedule, participate in, and record meetings for free. The Virginia Tech Zoom website is available at https://virginiatech.zoom.us. For more information about installation, logging in, and configuration, click here. Keep in mind that when you schedule an online/virtual meeting with an International Student Advisor/Immigration Specialist, they will provide you with a link to your meeting in Zoom. All you will have to do is click the link and log in using your VT credentials.
You will need access to a computer with video chat capabilities (camera and microphone). You can also use your smartphone or tablet for virtual advising, if necessary; however, access to a computer is preferable, as you may want to share, receive, or view documents and resources that are easier to view and save on a computer.