Meet with Us
Email email@example.com to schedule an appointment with an International Student Advisor.
Please include your name, student ID number, and the reason for the appointment. Identify two times you are available to meet between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we will send you an invitation to meet with an advisor virtually or in person. This is ideal if you have several questions or need more time to discuss your questions.
Travel signatures (p. 2 of your I-20) are valid for 12 months for students and 6 months for graduates on OPT. Students who need a travel signature can request them in one of two ways:
- Virtual Travel Signature Request — Please click here to request a new travel signature. You can request a new travel signature under the request tab of your student profile. A new I-20 with a valid travel signature will be provided to you electronically.
- In-Person Travel signature — Please bring your SAIC I-20 to International Affairs along with a copy of your current schedule (you can print this from Self-Service). I-20s can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in Sullivan 1203 or left in the after-hours drop box in the lobby. Signed I-20s will be available for pick-up by noon the next business day.
Please complete the online OPT workshop in Canvas and submit your OPT Request in Terra Dotta at the beginning of your final semester. To request access to the online Canvas OPT workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. When you have finished uploading your documents, please email email@example.com. We will then set up an appointment with an international student advisor to review your paperwork. The advisor will then issue a new I-20 with OPT authorization for you and provide you with instructions for how to prepare and submit your application online to USCIS.
Please email all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we are unable to answer your question over email or you prefer to speak with an advisor, we can set up an appointment.
The best way to reach an International Affairs advisor is through emailing email@example.com. However, we do typically respond to voicemails within one to three business days. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can advise you over email or set up an appointment if needed.
As always, if you are experiencing an emergency, please contact Campus Security at 312.899.1230.
International Affairs Staff
Lawrence Rodriguez, Director, International Affairs
Lawrence Rodriguez received his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance Music with a Minor in Theatre Arts at Cal Lutheran University. Although his family is from Guam, Rodriguez was born and raised in California. After graduation from Cal Lutheran, Rodriguez spent a short time with the Walt Disney Corporation and the Rubicon Theatre Company, before returning to Cal Lutheran and working in the Residence Halls and International Programs offices for three years. He then worked for three years in the Admission Office, recruiting heavily throughout Asia and Europe.
Rodriguez came to SAIC in 2006 and has served as an immigration advisor to incoming and current international students and provides educational and cultural programming here at SAIC. In 2015, he became the Director of International Affairs overseeing both International Student Services and Study Abroad.
Outside of the office, Rodriguez cofounded a nonprofit organization, Cheer Los Angeles, which raises money in support and research for people suffering from HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.
Jessica Wolfe, Assistant Director, International Student Services
Jessica Wolfe holds an M.Ed in College Student Personnel from Loyola University and a BS in English/Education from Indiana University. She grew up in the Chicago area and has held several varied roles in Higher Education over the past 15 years ranging from Academic Advisor to Associate Registrar to Disability and Veteran Support Services. Wolfe has worked with international students for many years both at Harrington College of Design and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
As an undergrad at Indiana University, she studied abroad in England where she participated in a student teacher exchange program, co-taught creative writing and American literature in an English secondary school about an hour south of London, and spent many weekends getting hopelessly lost in the English countryside before the invention of smartphones. She has long had an interest in the arts and, according to her academic advisor, was only a few credits shy of a fine arts minor upon graduation from Indiana University. In her spare time, she enjoys working in ceramics and trying out new restaurants.
Melody Miller, International Student Advisor and SEVIS Analyst
Melody Miller moved to Chicago from Indianapolis, Indiana to attend SAIC for her Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History (2020). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is currently pursuing a second Master of Arts in Disability Studies at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies. Melody previously worked in International Affairs as an administrative assistant, and as a student office assistant (among many other on-campus jobs, including as an Art History, Theory, and Criticism teaching assistant).
When not at work, Melody enjoys cooking, baking, cross-stitching, reading, and entertaining her giant dog, Gouda.
Victoria McAllister, Associate Director, Study Abroad
Victoria McAllister joined the International Affairs team in December of 2016. Born and raised in the industrial Urals region of Russia, she has been working in the higher education field since 2009. After receiving both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in North-American studies and Spanish language from Ural Federal University, she continued on to work there as a Spanish and English language instructor. At the same time Victoria has been working as a freelance interpreter for various local organizations including international adoption agencies and Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts. In her free time she loves to travel the world and the USA (having been to about 20 countries so far), exploring Chicago and its neighborhoods, cooking and spending time with her family.
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