Volume 5, Number 2

March 30, 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.


  • Staffing Update
  • Reminder: ISSO Administrator Training Sessions – April 2009

1. Staffing Update

The ISSO regrets to report that Miriam Schmidt has accepted a job offer outside of Boston University. For the time being, ISSO caseloads have been adjusted to reflect this staffing change. 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 Peter O’Meara

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

Andrea Popa

Employees in H-1B Status (Clinical and Staff), and O-1 Status Jeanne Kelley jkelley@bu.edu
Lawful U.S. Permanent Residence
(“green card” sponsorship)
Jeanne Kelley jkelley@bu.edu

The ISSO will continue to offer advising and orientation services at the BU Medical Campus Office of Human Resources at 801 Massachusetts Avenue (Crosstown Center), Suite 400, as follows:

  • Thursdays 9:00-10:00 a.m. – Walk-In Hours for Scholars and Administrators
  • Thursdays 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon – New J-1 Scholar Orientation

2. Reminder: ISSO Administrator Training Sessions – April 2009

As a reminder, the ISSO will offer two training sessions for BU administrators and hosts.These training sessions will cover BU immigration sponsorship policies, review ISSO paperwork required for sponsoring scholars in H-1, J-1, TN and O-1 immigration status and will review forms used for notifying the ISSO of scholar departures from BU as well as changes in employment.

Administrators who have attended a similar session in the past are encouraged to attend again. The Spring 2009 sessions will include further discussion of anticipated changes to the H-1B and J-1 programs in the coming year.

Training Sessions for BU Administrators and Hosts

Tips and Tools for Sponsoring an InternationalProfessor, Researcher or Employee

Friday, April 3, 9:30-11:30
Medical Campus
88 E. Concord Street, Instructional Building — Room L110

Monday, April 6, 9:30-11:30
Charles River Campus
Kenmore Classroom Building, Room 107

For questions or to R.S.V.P. please contactPeter O’Meara at 617-353-3565 or pomeara@bu.edu .

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
19 Deerfield Street, 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: http://www.bu.edu/isso/administrators/contacts/index.html