Volume 1, Number 4

December 3, 2004

Greetings from the ISSO scholar team!

The Communiqué is an on-going series of messages to departments who sponsor international scholars at Boston University. With the Communiqué, we will offer information that will help make more effective — and streamline — 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.

Four Years of Statistics now on the ISSO Web Site

Did you know that the number of international scholars* at Boston University has increased by over 28% in the past four years. There was an increase of 10.77% (from 975 to 1080) in the past year alone. Did you know our scholars come from 91 countries or that Italy has been one of our ten top most-represented countries in each of the past four years?

We recently posted on our web site statistics regarding our international scholar (and student) population covering the last four years. Please take a look. The numbers paint an interesting picture of the internationally diverse makeup of our community.

You can see them at: http://www.bu.edu/isso/about/statistics/index.html

* International scholars, in this context, refers to anyone who is in a non-immigrant status (i.e., not a U.S. citizen and not a U.S. permanent resident) employed by BU or visiting BU as a researcher, lecturer, etc.

Invitation to Attend J-1 Scholar Orientation

We invite you, as department administrators, to attend any one of our J-1 Scholar Orientations. This is a good opportunity to learn about the rules and regulations that J scholars must follow and know what information we share with them when they check into our office. It will also give you a sense of the extensive procedural nuances of which an international scholar must be aware.

As you know, J-1 Scholar Orientation is held every Monday at 11:00 am and every Thursday at 3:00 pm. No RSVP is needed; just drop in and join us.

Please feel to extend this invitation to anyone else in your department, including faculty, department chairs and other administrators who might benefit from understanding what international scholars must know.

Feel Free to Contact Us

As always, if there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at (617) 353-3565. You can also e-mail us at the addresses below.

Your ISSO Scholar Services Team

James Leck
Assistant Director for Scholar Services

Naomi Moca
International Scholar Advisor