Scholar & Employee FAQs and Travel Considerations During the COVID19 Pandemic

Tuesday, August 12

The ISSO Scholar Team continues to provide services remotely while the ISSO is closed to walk-in traffic. Please contact your advisor directly to set up a phone call or Zoom appointment. We understand that our scholars and sponsoring departments have many questions during these challenging circumstances. We will continue to update the information as new information becomes available, so we recommend that you check this page regularly for up-to-date information.

Travel Considerations

Given the shifting nature of things, there is risk to international travel at this time. Before departing the U.S., we recommend that you check with your airline and the government of the country you are traveling to in order to learn of any restrictions or quarantine requirements once you arrive.  In addition, please continue to review information about travel restrictions, travel bans or quarantines for your return to the U.S. In many parts of the world, movement is being restricted severely with little to no warning.


Current BU Scholars and Employees

Arriving Scholars/Employees and their Host Departments

How ISSO Can Help?

  • We are here to help. The ISSO has moved services online but we will remain available to assist current and incoming scholars and their host departments.
  • We will continue to process sponsorship request packets for positions that are exempt from the BU hiring freeze.
  • We will continue to complete I-9 employment verification remotely for new employees that are exempt from the BU hiring freeze.
  • We will continue to help you navigate the risk associated with travel during this time
  • We will continue to update our web resources regarding travel and immigration
  • We will notify you when we receive additional guidance from SEVP/USDHS regarding other possible exceptions to regulations that might modify immigration options
  • If you decide to depart the US, we can verify your valid SEVIS record, advise you on the immigration documentation you will need to return and make sure you have a valid travel signature.

Additional BU Resources

Refer to the list of campus resources at BU COVID19 page to follow up with the appropriate BU office with health, academic, housing, financial or other non-immigration-related questions