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International Services Office

Office Information

Services, staff, hours, location, and contact information.

Services Provided by the International Services Office

The International Services Office staff provides services to international students and scholars at The Scripps Research Institute related to their particular visa statuses in the U.S. In accordance with U.S. immigration laws and regulations, the staff assists non-immigrants with the following:

  • Initial entry into the U.S.
  • Travel/re-entry into the U.S.
  • Transfers to/from The Scripps Research Institute 
  • Extensions of stay
  • Change of immigration status
  • Reinstatement of immigration status
  • Employer sponsored Permanent Resident petitions for appointed faculty
  • Accompanying dependents' issues


Margaret Hellwarth, International Services Manager
Sonal Kalra, International Student and Scholar Advisor
Mary Schrot, International Student and Scholar Advisor (Florida)
Jane Lewis, International Scholar Visa Coordinator
Karin Edman, International Services Assistant

Hours & Location


Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm Pacific Time
Science Park 3050, Second Floor (Map)


Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm Eastern Time
130 Scripps Way, Suite B371 (Map)

Contacting Us


If you call the main office number, 858-784-8120 (CA) or 561-228-2025 (FL), during office hours:

  • A member of the staff will answer your call and assist you directly or forward you to an advisor if needed.
  • Voicemail is available if no staff members are able to answer. Please leave a message and we will call back as soon as possible.

After Hours and Emergency Assistance: Before and after regular office hours, and on weekends and holidays, the telephone automatically transfers to recorded message with information on an emergency contact number. If you have a true emergency, someone in the International Services Office will be available to help you during these times.


For general inquiries and to schedule appointments:

Margaret Hellwarth hellwarth CA
Sonal Kalra skalra CA
Mary Schrot mschrot FL
Jane Lewis janelew CA
Karin Edman kedman CA


Mailing Addresses

La Jolla, CA

U.S. Postal Service Mail
International Services Office, SP-214
10550 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
tel 858-784-8120
fax 858-784-8123

Jupiter, FL

International Services Office
130 Scripps Way #3B2
Jupiter, FL 33458
tel 561-228-2025
fax 561-228-3073

(UPS, FedEx, etc.)

The Scripps Research Institute
International Services Office, SP-214
9365 Waples St., Suite E
San Diego, CA 92121