Resources for International Faculty

International Students and Scholars Office at CUMC


International Students and Scholars Office-CUMC (ISSO-CUMC) 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 ISSO-CUMC 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 ISSO-CUMC (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).

For more information visit the International Students and Scholars Office website.


Medical Center Students & Scholars (CUMC)

650 West 168th Street, 1st Floor, Room 130 · New York, NY 10032

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: 646-774-6525

"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