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||11:00-12:30||ISSO – 888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor|
|Thursday, September 3||10:30-12:00||BUMC Human Resources – 801 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 400|
|Monday September 7||HOLIDAY – No ISSO Orientation|
|Tuesday, September 8 (Extra Session)||11:00-12:30||ISSO – 888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor|
|Thursday, September 10||10:30-12:00||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.
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
888 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215
Tel: (617) 353-3565
Fax: (617) 358-1170