International Advisement

The Office of International Advisement (O.I.A.) helps international students, faculty, staff, and visitors with their visa status; with instructions for entering, leaving, and re-entering the U.S.; with work eligibility, extensions of stay, adjustment to life in the U.S.; and provides support for U.S. benefits such as Social Security applications, U.S. tax filing, and driver’s licenses. 

We also work to promote understanding among Juilliard community members of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The office organizes various events for community members to engage in cultural exchange and embrace the diversity found at Juilliard.  

About O.I.A.


Cory Owen, Assistant Dean of International Advisement and Diversity Initiatives
Meg Popick, Assistant Director of International Advisement
Hannah Thomas, International Advisement and Diversity Initiatives Assistant


Office of International Advisement
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Room 245
New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-5000, ext. 358

For International Students

  • Maintaining Lawful F-1 Student Status All international students are required to maintain their lawful status. This page discusses the various regulations that international students in F-1 status should know.
  • International Student Employment International students on F-1 visas have very specific regulations about employment; this includes unpaid work. Any work done without proper authorization is a violation of immigration status and can lead to severe consequences.
  •   [PDF] Once you have worked legally in the U.S., you can qualify for a social security number. We recommend that you obtain a social security number as quickly as possible; we are happy to help you with the procedure.
  • The Hire Juilliard Performers Form should be submitted to the O.I.A. for each international visitor and each gig done through Hire Juilliard Performers.
  •   [PDF] Students in F-1 status qualify for off-campus work authorization after they’ve been in good standing for at least one academic year at the college level. (AD students are exempt from this restriction.) Students must receive O.I.A. authorization prior to starting any off-campus engagement, even if it is unpaid. Please note that if you cannot get your approval signature because your teacher/administrator is not available, they can complete the online approval form.
  •   [PDF] Students in F-1 status qualify for one year of work authorization after graduation called Optional Practical Training (O.P.T.). Please plan to file for O.P.T. at least three months before your graduation date. O.I.A. provides a workshop each semester on how to file this paperwork. 
  • O.P.T. Update Form  Students participating in O.P.T. must report changes in employment, U.S. address, name, and visa status within 10 days of the change. 
  •   [PDF] Students who wish to stay in the U.S. to work as a performing artist are usually required to obtain an O-1 visa. Here are some helpful tips for filing an O-1 visa petition.    
  • Requesting Support Letters Fill out this form to receive a letter for the purposes of applying for a visa, establishing a bank account, inviting a family member to visit the U.S., or enrollment/residency verification.
  • Filing U.S. Taxes All international visitors must file taxes in the U.S., even if they do not work in the U.S. O.I.A. offers numerous tax services in the spring semester to help qualifying international students file their tax paperwork.
  • Driver's License/I.D. Application Procedures O.I.A. recommends that all international students apply for identification in the U.S. so that they do not need to use their passport as their main form of identification.

For Faculty, Staff, and Visitors

  • Comparing Employment Visas Descriptions of common visa categories used by Juilliard international visitors, including who qualifies; restrictions; required paperwork; and the duration of stay permitted.
  • Hiring an International Visitor Request Form (To be completed by academic department) If you will be hiring an international visitor, you must complete this form so that O.I.A. can determine the most appropriate visa category for their stay. 
  • DS-2019 Request Form (To be completed by incoming visitor) Used for requesting DS-2019s for J-1 short-term scholars, professors, and student interns
  • B-1/W.B. Visa Request Form (To be completed by incoming visitor) Better known as a "tourist" or "business" visa, this page is for international guests who wish to use this visa to enter the U.S.
  • O.I.A. Faculty/Staff Handbook

Diversity Initiatives and O.I.A. Programs

Diversity Advocates

Diversity Advocates (D.A.s) work with the Office of International Advisement to recognize issues of diversity and inclusion which impact the Juilliard community. Through cultural and educational programs, community forums, and informal interactions, D.A.s work to educate the larger campus community on issues pertaining to diversity, culture, internationalism, and social justice. D.A.s help to create a safe space in which potentially sensitive or uncomfortable issues can be discussed and addressed while also creating an environment in which diversity and culture can be celebrated and enjoyed. They are committed to building bridges between groups; developing understanding, appreciation, and respect; and celebrating the diversity of the Juilliard community.

In addition to co-facilitating the diversity sessions at New Student Orientation and O.I.A.s monthly Diversity Dialogues, the D.A.s are responsible for providing services that contribute to a broader understanding of diversity. Additionally, the D.A.s help Juilliard celebrate Heritage Months and International Education Week by creating active and passive programs throughout the academic year. Examples of past programs include alumni panels focused on race and gender in the performing arts, viewings of social justice oriented documentaries followed by in-depth discussions, and opportunities to experience a wide-range of cultures through food tastings, dance, music, and visual arts. 

D.A.s recognize that they do not have all the answers; however, they are committed to increasing multicultural awareness and knowledge for themselves and their peers. They encourage an environment of openness for questions regarding age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, religious affiliation, and gender.

Eye on Culture

Eye on Culture is the O.I.A.'s blog, featuring interviews with international faculty, staff, and students.Through this series, O.I.A. hopes to provide insight into the vibrant and diverse population at Juilliard.