Volume 7, Number 3

April 1, 2011

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.

ISSO Orientation for New J-1 Scholars at BUMC will begin Thursdays at 11:00

Effective Thursday, April 7, 2011, ISSO staff will modify the start time for the New J-1 Scholar Orientation held each Thursday at Boston University Medical Campus in the Office of Human Resources – Crosstown Center, 801 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 400, Boston MA 02118.

The New J-1 Scholar Orientation will now run Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please note that the ISSO Walk-In Hour for BUMC clients will remain the same – Thursdays from 9:00-10:00. The extra time between events will allow the International Scholar Advisor to arrange individual appointments when necessary and to assist the clients with more complex cases who arrive during the walk-in time.

The New J-1 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,

Olivia K. Whitman
International Scholar Advisor

Margaret Wheeler
International Scholar Advisor—CharlesRiver Campus

M. Andrea Popa
Assistant Director for Scholar Services

Jeanne E. Kelley

International Students & Scholars Office
Boston University
888 Commonwealth 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: http://www.bu.edu/isso/administrators/contacts/index.html