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ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué

Volume 6, Number 2

June 10 , 2010

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.

The ISSO Welcomes New International Scholar Advisor

The Scholar Services team of the ISSO is pleased to introduce Mari Kim, our newest International Scholar Advisor.

Mari recently moved to Boston from New York, where she worked for a large immigration law firm specializing in employment-based immigration processing on behalf of companies.

Effective immediately, Mari will be the key ISSO contact for scholars on the Charles River Campus. Her principal responsibilities will be assisting Charles River departments in hosting and hiring foreign national scholars and advising international scholars in J-1 and TN status on issues related to immigration status, benefits, employment and travel.

Olivia Whitman will serve as the key ISSO contact for scholars and BU departments on the Medical Campus, including taking responsibility for the ISSO’s Thursday morning walk-in services and orientation program offered at the Medical Campus.

Please direct your international employment and sponsorship questions to the ISSO scholar services team as follows:

Scholars/Employees in J-1, TN and “all other” statuses – Charles River Campus

Mari Kim

Scholars/Employees in J-1, TN and “all other” statuses – Medical Campus

Olivia Whitman

Employees in H-1B Status (Teaching and Research)

Andrea Popa

Employees in H-1B Status (Clinical Faculty and All Staff Postions)

Jeanne Kelley

Employees in O-1 Status,

Lawful U.S. Permanent Residence

(“green card” sponsorship)

Jeanne Kelley


Your Scholar Services team,

Olivia K. Whitman

International Scholar Advisor

Mari Kim
International Scholar Advisor

M. Andrea Popa
Assistant Director for Scholar Services

Jeanne E. Kelley

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
June 14, 2010

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office