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International Scholar Processing

Click on one of the following packets to download the checklist and a complete set of forms (excluding Form B) for the given visa classification. Alternatively, you can download the individual forms from the checklist below. Form B should downloaded and completed by the international scholar.

H-1B Request
TN Request
O-1 Request

J-1 Scholar


J-1 Student Intern





Department Checklist

Complete request form and support documents required for initial and extension requests for all immigration classifications.


Form A: Completed and signed by department host, chair and dean.

For graded staff positions, signatures are required from scholar's principal supervisor and unit director.


Letter of Appointment: Required for all faculty and research positions. Appointments are generally approved by the dean of the school or college. Appointment letters for scholars at the School of Medicine (MED) must be requested from the Office of Human Resources at the Medical Campus.

Sponsorship requests for scholars in graded staff positions must include an Employment Offer Letter from the Office of Human Resources.

Form B: Completed and signed by the prospective scholar.
Supporting Scholar Documentation: (see checklist on Form B)
Additional Items*: required for the specific visa classification (see below).

*Additional Items for Particular Classifications

J-1 Exchange Visitor Requests

Financial Documentation:

For scholars paid by BU, funding should be reflected on Appointment Letter. Supplemental documentation is required if the scholar will receive funding from source other than BU. Must meet minimum financial requirement for sponsorship. Click here to view minimum funding requirements.


No Patient Care Letter (required for all J-1 scholars who hold a medical degree). Boston University is designated as a J-1 Program Sponsor for teaching, research and study only. We are not qualified to sponsor foreign medical graduates for programs which include clinical care of patients. Prospective scholars who hold a medical degree from a country outside of the U.S. must submit a letter from the Dean of their BU host school or college to indicate that their intent is to conduct academic research only and that they will not have responsibility for any clinical patient care. Prospective scholars or employees whose responsibilities will include clinical patient care should consult with ISSO to determine a more appropriate immigration sponsorship alternative.


J-1 Student Intern Requests (These supplemental "Student Intern" forms are required in addition to the standard J-1 support documents above)

BU Host Department Certification
Home Academic Institution Certification

H-1B Temporary Worker Requests

H-1B Supplement Form
H-1B Letter of Support
Check for USCIS "Premium Processing" expedite service (optional)

TN (Trade NAFTA) Employee Requests

TN Supplement Form

O-1 Persons Of Extraordinary Ability Requests

O-1 Supplement Form


Boston University
March 29, 2013

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office