ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué

The Communiqué is an on-going series of messages sent via email to departments who sponsor international scholars at Boston University. With the Communiqué, we offer information that will help make more effective — and streamline — the processing of scholar immigration-related documents and petitions.

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 12, No. 1 (January 1, 2016)
TOPIC: UID Numbers, STEM OPT extensions, H-1 processing delays, BUMC appointment process

Past Communiqués are reproduced here for your convenience:

Volume 11 - 2015

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 11, No. 1 (January 7, 2015)
TOPIC: New Year

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 11, No. 2 (February 19, 2015)
TOPIC:  Website, English language proficiency, processing forms, administrator trainings)

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 11, No. 3 (June 5, 2015)
TOPIC:  J-1 Financial Minimums Updated, H-1B Extension Applications, Upcoming Training Sessions

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 11, No. 4 (August 3, 2015)
TOPIC: J-1 Scholar Orientation, I-9 Employment Verification, What happens once a scholar checks-in with the ISSO

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 11, No. 5 (December 2, 2015)
TOPIC: Proposed STEM OPT regulations, Administrator Trainings, Cancellation at BUMC-HR, Intersession

Volume 10 - 2014

Volume 9 - 2013

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 9, No. 5 (November 20, 2013)
TOPIC:Administrator Training Sessions and Temporary Advising Assignments

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 9, No. 4 (September 30, 2013)
TOPIC:Upcoming Sessions for Department Administrators/Hosts and I-9 Employment Verification Reminders

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 9, No. 3 (August 19, 2013)
TOPIC:ISSO Schedule for Labor Day Week and Department Host/Contact Update

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 9, No. 2 (April 22, 2013)
TOPIC:Upcoming Training Sessions and ARJF Titles

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 9, No. 1 (February 11, 2013)
TOPIC:Upcoming Sessions for Department Administrators/Hosts

Volume 8 - 2012

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 8, No. 2 (September 28, 2012)
TOPIC:New Assistant Director for Scholar Services & Changes in Scholar Services Team Advising Caseload

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 8, No. 1 (September 26, 2012)
TOPIC:New Estimate of Financial Minimums for Scholars in J-1 Status

Volume 7 - 2011

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 7, No. 5 (December 1, 2011)
TOPIC:F-1 STEM OPT and J-1 Student Intern Sponsorship Options

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 7, No. 4 (August 31, 2011)
TOPIC:New Estimate of Financial Minimums for Scholars in J-1 Status

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 7, No. 3 (April 1, 2011)
TOPIC:ISSO Orientation for New J-1 Scholars at BUMC will begin Thursdays at 11:00

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 7, No. 2 (March 8, 2011)
TOPIC:Major USCIS Overhaul of I-129 Petition Triggers Significant Changes to ISSO Forms

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 7, No. 1 (February 22, 2011)
TOPIC:The ISSO Welcomes New International Scholar Advisor


Volume 6 - 2010

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 6, No. 7 (November 8, 2010)
TOPIC:USCIS to Adjust Processing Fees in November

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 6, No. 6 (November 1, 2010)
TOPIC:USCIS to Adjust Processing Fees in November

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 6, No. 5 (October 26, 2010)
TOPIC:New Matrix of Titles Now Implemented for Academic Research Job Family

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 6, No. 4 (September 22, 2010)
TOPIC:Update on Project to Centralize I-9s to Human Resources Offices

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 6, No. 3 (June 10, 2010)
TOPIC:New Estimate of Financial Minimums for Scholars in J-1 Status

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 6, No. 2 (June 10, 2010)
TOPIC:The ISSO Welcomes New International Scholar Advisor

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 6, No. 1 (February 26, 2010)
TOPICS: Changes to US Department of Labor Systems Mean Longer H-1B Processing Times
Key Steps Required for H-1B Processing
USCIS Steps Up Routine Audits of H-1B Employer Sites


Volume 5 - 2009

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 5, No. 12 (December 16, 2009)
TOPIC:Modified ISSO Scholar Services Schedule in December 2009

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 5, No.11 (November 13, 2009)
TOPIC:Staffing Changes at ISSO Scholar Services

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 5, No. 10 (October 29, 2009)
TOPIC:Modified ISSO Scholar Services Schedule in November 2009

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 5, No. 9 (October 29, 2009)
TOPIC:Boston University to Phase in New I-9 Protocol

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 5, No. 8 (August 27, 2009)
TOPIC:Modified Schedule for New J-1 Scholar Orientation (Labor Day Week)

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 5, No. 7 (August 27, 2009)
TOPIC:Reminders About I-9 Times and Required Documentation

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 5, No. 6 (June 22, 2009)
TOPIC:New Estimate of Financial Minimums for Scholars in J-1 Status

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 5, No. 5 (June 11, 2009)
TOPIC:ISSO to Move in July

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 5, No. 4 (April 29, 2009)
TOPIC:Delays in H-1B Processing Expected

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 5, No. 3 (April 24, 2009)
TOPICS: Communicating Travel Planning during ISSO Processing
Travel Advisory – Increased Visa Delays and Security Clearances

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 5, No. 2 (March 30, 2009)
TOPICS: Staffing Update
Reminder: ISSO Administrator Training Sessions – April 2009

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 5, No. 1 (January 26, 2009)
TOPICS: New Services Available at Medical Campus
Modified ISSO Schedule for Scholar I-9s
Scholar Services Weekly Calendar – Spring 2009


Volume 4 - 2007

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 4, No. 4 (October 2, 2007)
TOPICS: New Scholar Advisor to Serve Medical Campus
New Scholar Services Assignments
Modified ISSO Schedule for Scholar I-9s
New Wednesday Walk-In Hours for Scholars and Administrators
Scholar Services Weekly Calendar – Fall 2007

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 4, No. 3 (April 13, 2007)
TOPIC: ISSO Implements New Database of BU Hosts and Department Contacts

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 4, No. 2 (April 4, 2007)
TOPICS: SEVIS Upgrade Affects Scholars in J-1 Research Scholar and Professor Categories
New Form for J-1 Scholar Departure Notification
Understanding the New Regulations Affecting J-1 Research Scholars and Professors: Tips for BU Department Administrators

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 4, No. 1 (January 9, 2007)
TOPICS: ISSO Welcomes New International Scholar Advisor
Boston University Continues to See Growth in International Scholar Numbers
New Scholar Services Assignments


Volume 3 - 2006

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 3, No. 5 (December 21, 2006)
TOPIC:Travel Advisory
ISSO Closed for Intersession / Emergency Contact Information
Additional Scholar Orientation Session on January 2, 2007

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 3, No. 4 (August 30, 2006)
TOPIC: New Student Check-In During Labor Day Weekend
Modified Schedule for New Scholar Orientation
Reminder About I-9 Walk-In Hours and Required Documentation
Changes in ISSO Scholar Responsibilities

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 3, No. 3 (June 14, 2006)
TOPIC: ISSO Welcomes a New Assistant Director for Scholar Services
New Scholar Services Assignments

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 3, No. 2 (April 14, 2006)
TOPIC: New J-1 Exchange Visitor Financial Minimums
Background on J-1 Financial Requirements
Minimum Funding Requirements for Scholars in J-1 Exchange Visitor Status for 2006/2007

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 3, No. 1 (March 14, 2006)
TOPIC: Significant Delays and Changes in H-1B Prevailing Wage Determinations


Volume 2 - 2005

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 2, No. 5 (October 26, 2005)
TOPICS: Updated Intake Forms
Timing is Everything
Requests that are Complete Speed Processing
USCIS Fee Increases
Appointment Letters for BUSM Employees
New Statistics are now on the ISSO Web Site
Staffing Changes at the ISSO

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 2, No. 4 (September 30, 2005)
TOPICS: ISSO Welcomes New International Scholar Advisor
New Five-Year Limit for J-1 Research Scholars and Professors

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 2, No. 3 (May 3, 2005)
TOPICS: New J-1 Exchange Visitor Financial Minimums
Background on J-1 Financial Requirements
Minimum Funding Requirements for Scholars in J-1 Exchange Visitor Status

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 2, No. 2 (February 25, 2005)
TOPIC: New H-1B Law: $500 Anti-Fraud Fee and Prevailing Wage Changes

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 2, No. 1 (February 17, 2005)
TOPICS: I-9 Forms for Scholars Changing to Lawful U.S. Permanent Residence
Scholars Changing Departments
Volume 1 – 2004

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 1, No. 4 (December 3, 2004)
TOPICS: Four Years of Statistics Now on the Web
Invitation to Attend Scholar Orientation

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 1, No. 3 (October 31, 2004)
TOPICS: Spotlight on the Timing of J Requests
Department Administrator Information Sessions

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 1, No. 2 (October 25, 2004)
TOPIC: Spotlight on “Tickler” Notices

ISSO Scholar Services Communiqué – Vol. 1, No. 1 (October 4, 2004)
TOPIC: Spotlight on J-1 Funding