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International Students & Scholars

Immigration Services

Welcome! Immigration Advising supports VCU’s global mission by providing visa and related counseling and legal services to the university community.  

Our customers include VCU students, scholars, employees and other official visitors from abroad — and the university administrators who work with them. We look forward to working with you!

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Our Location

We are located at 912 W. Grace St., Richmond, Virginia 23284-3043

Telephone: (804) 828-0595

Advising Hours

No appointment needed. Advisors are available to meet with you during normal business hours.We are open Monday-Friday from 8 AM-4:30 PM except for university holidays. However, if you would like to make an appointment, please call or email us.


Travel Reminder

If you have an F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 visa and you will be traveling abroad, you need the following items in order to return to the US:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 visa in your passport (NOTE: Citizens of Canada do not require visas in their passports.)
  • Valid I-20 or DS-2019 with a VCU “travel signature” no older than 12 months

For a travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019, please come to our office during normal business hours.  Bring your passport and I-20 or DS-2019.  If you have a J-1 or J-2 visa, please bring evidence that you are maintaining the required medical insurance (insurance card).  

Emergency Contact

If you need immediate assistance after hours, please call the VCU Police:

Emergency (804) 828-1234
Non-Emergency (804) 828-1196

Identify yourself as an international student or scholar. VCU Police will contact the appropriate GEO staff member.

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