ISSO Scholar Services Weekly Calendar

Walk-in Hours for Scholars and Administrators

The Scholar Services Team holds weekly walk-in hours to provide in-person services to our new and continuing scholars and to BU administrators who are working with our team. These times are intended for check-in and I-9 employment verification for new employees and scholars (except for new J-1 scholars – see New J-1 Scholar Check-in and Orientation schedule below), general travel and visa renewal inquires (including J-1 travel signatures), processing request packet drop off and for other general inquiries and basic procedural guidance.

If your inquiry requires detailed review or discussion, please schedule a time to meet with your Scholar Advisor outside of the weekly walk-in times. Inquiries that are best reviewed in a scheduled one-on-one appointment include J-1 waivers/advisory opinions, J-2 dependent employment, complex travel or visa questions and discussions on long-term immigration strategy.  To determine whether your inquiry is best handled during walk-in hours or during a one-on-one appointment please contact your advisor.

New J-1 Scholar Check-in and Orientation

All new J-1 scholars are required to check-in with the ISSO during one of our weekly New J-1 Scholar Check-in and Orientation sessions at either location. Please be sure to attend this session as soon as you can after you enter the U.S. (required within 30 days after the program start date listed on your DS-2019). We recommend that you arrive 15-20 minutes early to complete required paperwork and so that we can review & copy your immigration forms and verify your employment authorizations (if required).

The check-in and orientation usually lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours depending on th time of year, number of attendees and how many questions you have, so please plan accordingly and arrive on-time. Bring all of your immigration documents for yourself and any dependent family members in J-2 status. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to BU’s diverse international community!