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ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué

Volume 3, Number 3

June 14, 2006

The Communiqué is an on-going series of messages to departments who sponsor international scholars at Boston University. With the Communiqué, we offer information that helps in the processing of scholar immigration-related documents and petitions. We hope you find the Communiqué a useful tool in working with the ISSO and in successfully hiring and sponsoring scholars from around the world. Past Communiqués are archived on our web site. Click here to go to the archive page.

ISSO Welcomes a New Assistant Director for Scholar Services
The International Students & Scholars Office is pleased to welcome Andrea Popa to our scholar advising team. Andrea has eleven years of experience in international education, including three years working at the ISSO as an advisor to international students. She previously worked at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA, and the International School of Bucharest, Romania. Andrea has lived abroad for twelve years in Romania, and Portugal, including the Azores Islands. She holds a Master's degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, with training in immigration law, international education and immigrant social services. She interned with the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition. Andrea will oversee scholar services provided by the ISSO, including orientation programs, processing of nonimmigrant employment authorizations, and monitoring instututional compliance regarding the hiring of foreign nationals. She will process employment petitions for H-1B, TN and other visiting scholars and their dependents.

New Scholar Services Assignments
With the expansion of our Scholar Services team, we have restructured responsibilities based on immigration category. General inquiries about sponsoring an international scholar can be addressed to either Andrea or Jill. For questions related to a the processing of a particular scholar's documents, please contact the appropriate staff member as follows:

J-1 Scholars Jill Ostrowski
H-1B Scholars Andrea Popa
TN Scholars Andrea Popa
O-1 Scholars Jeanne Kelley
All Other Scholars Andrea Popa

Your ISSO Scholar Services Team

Jeanne E. Kelley

M. Andrea Popa
Assistant Director for Scholar Services

Jill M. Ostrowski
International Scholar Advisor


Boston University
February 28, 2005

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office