The following is a message from Molly Hoffman in ISSS:
Greetings! We hope your semester is off to a good start. Please take a few moments to read these important announcements from H-1B staff at ISSS:
Information sessions for departments: See the ISSS website for a schedule of training sessions related to the processing of non-immigrant and immigrant visas (J-1, H-1B, PR) for U of MN scholars and employees. These sessions are intended for department administrators who are involved in the visa application process for international faculty, staff, and scholars. Advance registration is requested for planning purposes.
Reporting changes in employment and immigration status: ISSS must be notified of any changes in immigration status, and if a material change occurs in an H-1B employee's job (duties, % time of appointment, title, salary, change of department, change or addition of work sites, etc.). ISSS will determine whether a new petition is required. Please remember that it is critical to include ISSS in your discussion if/when planning promotions or other changes in employment. We expect that some employees may experience changes in employment due to the university job family study.
Contact ISSS if you get a site visit: Contact Mark Schneider if you receive an immigration site visit for an H-1B employee. Most site visits are routine and should not cause concern, but ISSS would like to be notified of such events and will provide instructions on how to respond.
Global Scholar Profiles: ISSS is seeking additional submissions for our new Global Scholar Profiles program. If you know an international scholar who has made significant contributions to the U of MN and/or their field, ISSS would like to join you in recognizing them. Please consider nominating a Global Scholar or encouraging others in your department to do so!
ISSS/GPS Alliance programs and initiatives: As you are important partners in international education, we invite you to take note of these programs and events:
- Innovative Community Building Grants (ICBG) are grants and match funding for colleges and student service units to generate and implement international student based projects or programs within your college. For grant description, application forms and contact info, please visit the ISSS website.
- Save the date! International Education Week will be November 17-21, 2014. Check the GPS Alliance website for details as the date gets closer. GPS Alliance also provides a limited amount of matching funds to support IEW events.
- Weekly Brown Bag Series, sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change.