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About GSS

  • Global Strategic Services (GSS) provides immigration services to faculty and staff (including J-1 scholars and non-student interns) at Virginia Tech. Our services include:
  • Prepare and file H-1B, TN, E-3, O-1 nonimmigrant petitions for VT employees
  • Process visa requests for J-1 Exchange Visitors, including professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, specialists, and interns, and monitor compliance with J-1 program requirements · Prepare and file employment-based permanent residency applications (green cards) for eligible VT employees
  • Advise departments and foreign nationals on appropriate immigration course of action
  • Manage the Memoranda of Understanding and Student Exchange Agreement processes

Employees/departments may not hire private immigration attorneys to prepare/file employment-based petitions/applications on VT’s behalf. If GSS in unable to assist in a particular matter, we will provide the employee and/or department with a referral to outside immigration counsel that has been approved by the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia.

GSS does not assist with family-based or self-sponsor petitions.

Appointments/Office Hours: 

Immigration consultation/individual meetings are provided by appointment only. Please email vtgss@vt.edu to schedule an in-person or virtual meeting.

For document drop-off or pick-up:
Our office is open 8:30 am – 5 pm 

University Gateway Center, Suite 120
902 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Faculty and Staff

Jeff Van Doren

Director
Email: jvandoren@vt.edu

Belinda Pauley

J-1 Program Manager, RO
Phone:  540-231-6459
Email:  bpauley@vt.edu

Mingzhi Li

Senior Immigration Program Manager
Phone: 540-231-1425
Email: mingzhil@vt.edu

Manu Soto Casanova

Senior Immigration Program Manager
Phone: 540-231-7887 
Email: manucasanova@vt.edu

Ruby Elankumaran

Immigration Specialist
Phone: 540-231-7128
Email: rubyrs@vt.edu

Tammy Roethlisburger

Immigration Program Coordinator
Phone: 540-231-3958
Email: troeth868@vt.edu