Immigration Services is your resource for immigration matters and the University's liaison with U.S. federal agencies that are concerned with issues related to international students, scholars, employees and contingent workers who are working, studying or pursuing their research at UMMS. We provide support and advising services to UMMS's international community, as well as to the academic and research deparments who host them. Please find a more specific breakdown of our services below:
|Visa Type||Overview of Tasks per Visa Type|
|E-3||Visa processing, travel guidance|
|F-1||Visa processing, Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) maintenance & OPT coordination, assistance for transfers to/from UMMS, travel guidance|
|J-1 Research||Visa processing, Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) maintenance, assistance for transfers to/from UMMS, travel guidance|
|J-1 Clinical||Visa processing and annual renewals, program liaison with ECFMG, travel guidance|
|J-2||Visa processing (when appropriate), assist with application for employment authorization.|
|L-2||Assist with application for employment authorization|
|H-1B||Visa processing for research and clinical employees, renewals and transfers to/from UMMS, travel guidance|
|O-1||Work closely with designated immigration attorney, sign related documents on behalf of UMMS, travel guidance|
|TN||Visa processing (when appropriate), travel guidance|
Immigration Services advises on policy and process, verifies credentials, job requirements and salary, acts as liaison between designated immigration attorney and UMMS department, reviews and signs all documents related to application and advises UMMS Talent Specialists on recruitment requirements for associated applicants when necessary.
Conduct mandatory immigration orientation for incoming visa holders; seminars on various immigration topics (OPT, immigration basics, holiday travel, etc.); regular seminars/training for UMMS administrators; coordinate two permanent residency seminars per year; and GME staff seminars.
Issue documents (were applicable) and provide advice and assistance to dependents of international scholars & students; monthly reminder notices; ImmigrationServicesNews Newsletter; Up-to-date website information; onboarding appointments for all visa holders and permanent residency applicants, annual reporting to various agencies (IIE, SEVP, etc.); pre-employment consultations / coordination for employees and contingent workers; repatriation and medical evacuation insurance for all F & J visa holders.