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ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué

Volume 5, Number 8

August 27, 2009

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.

Modified Schedule for New J-1 Scholar Orientation (Labor Day Week)

Due to the Labor Day holiday, there will be no Scholar Orientation on Monday, September 7. In order to accommodate the high volume of new scholars in J-1 classification that will arrive during the next couple of weeks, however, we have scheduled an additional Scholar Orientation time for Tuesday, September 8, at 11:00 a.m. at the ISSO.

The modified New J-1 Scholar Orientation schedule for the coming weeks is as follows: 

Monday, August 31


888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor

Thursday, September 3


BUMC Human Resources –
801 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 400

Monday September 7

HOLIDAY – No ISSO Orientation

Tuesday, September 8
(Extra Session)


888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor

Thursday, September 10


BUMC Human Resources – 
801 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 400

Scholar Orientation is required for all scholars in J-1 classification that have entered the U.S. with a new SEVIS DS-2019 immigration document.

During the orientation session, ISSO staff advise scholars of the rights and responsibilities of their J-1 scholar status, and provide information regarding medical insurance coverage, obtaining a BU identification card and email, nonimmigrant taxation, immigration documents required for travel, issues related to dependent spouses and children, and other general information regarding arrival and adjustment to the Boston area.

For scholars who are employment by Boston University, ISSO staff will also complete the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification and will discuss the procedure for obtaining a Social Security number.

The ISSO has moved to 888 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor!  Directions to our new office can be found at:

Your Scholar Services team,

Jeanne E. Kelley


M. Andrea Popa
Assistant Director for Scholar Services

Peter F. O'Meara
International Scholar Advisor

International Students & Scholars Office
Boston University
888 Commonwelth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215

Tel: (617) 353-3565
Fax: (617) 358-1170

Are you a new BU department contact or new host to an international scholar? Are you a BU affiliate who wants to receive the ISSO Communiqué? To update your department's contact information or to sign up for the ISSO Communiqué, please complete a Department Contact/Host Update Form on-line at:

Boston University
February 28, 2005

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office