Inviting and Hosting International Scholars, Employees, and Students

Upcoming Events:


Introduction to MyISSS (Department Roundtable held via Zoom)
Wednesday, October 19, 2:30-3:30pm

ISSS is transitioning to a new case management system called MyISSS to manage student and scholar visa applications. All new H-1B applications are now required to use MyISSS, and the J-1 Scholar and tenure-track faculty permanent residency application will soon move to this platform exclusively. During this roundtable, ISSS staff will provide an overview of the new procedures, progress updates, and tips for using MyISSS.
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Developing Visa Sponsorship Policies (Department Roundtable held via Zoom)
Thursday, November 10, 8:30am - 9:30am

At the U of MN, visa sponsorship decisions are made at the department level. Some units have established policies, and others do not. During this roundtable, ISSS staff will answer questions and provide guidance related to establishing visa sponsorship policies for J-1 Scholars, H-1B employees, and employment-based permanent residency.
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Additionally, ISSS periodically offers information sessions for department administrators regarding the process of inviting and hosting international scholars, employees, and student-interns. Visa information sessions which are offered include:

Hiring an H-1B Employee: The Basics

This introductory session will provide a general overview of the H-1B employment-based visa status. We will explain the role of the department, the employee, ISSS, and government agencies, and will include information about eligibility requirements, application procedures, required forms and documents, limitations of the H-1B and comparison to other visa types, and basic status maintenance requirements.

Applying for Permanent Residence: The Basics

This session will focus on the Labor Certification approach to Permanent Residence for tenure-track teaching faculty. We will discuss the role of the department, the employee, ISSS, and government agencies as well as application procedures and timelines. We will also give an overview of other employment-based avenues to green card for University appointments, including eligibility requirements and UMN sponsorship policies.

Hosting a J-1 Scholar: The Basics

This introductory session will provide a general overview of the J-1 Scholar visa status. We will explain the role of the department, the scholar, ISSS, and government agencies, and will include information about eligibility requirements, application procedures, required forms and documents, health insurance policy, and basic status maintenance requirements.

Hosting a J-1 Student-Intern: The Basics

This introductory session will provide a general overview of the J-1 Student-Intern visa status. We will explain the role of the department, the Student-Intern, ISSS, and government agencies, and will include information about eligibility requirements, application procedures, required forms and documents, limitations of the Student-Intern category and comparison to other visa types, health insurance policy, and basic status maintenance requirements.

Last updated: October 10, 2022