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Individual Immigration Appointments
UMMS-sponsored F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors must schedule an appointment with an immigration specialist to complete the SEVIS validation/registration process when they first arrive on campus. This appointment must occur before you commence any employment at UMMS as designated by your visa category, and before you apply for a Social Security Number (if needed). You should reach out to your designated Immigration Specialist to schedule an appointment as soon as you have confirmed your date of arrival to the U.S./Worcester area. Passports and visa documents, such as the I-94 record and Form I-20 (F1) or Form DS-2019 (J1), should be brought to your appointment.

Appointments for other UMMS-sponsored employees (such as H1B), are not required, but can be facilitated at your request, and may be especially helpful if you are new to the U.S.. If you do not require an individual immigration appointment, you will meet with a member of the Immigration Service Office team to complete your I-9 at your new hire orientation. Please bring the appropriate original I-9 documentation to your new hire orientation.

Immigration Orientation
Immigration Orientation is required for UMMS-sponsored F-1 students and certain J1 exchange visitors. The Orientation is designed provide you with information on your responsibilities as a non-immigrant visa holder including review of your documents, travel, employment issues, health insurance, tax requirements and other information that will help you with your adjustment to life in Worcester.  

If you are not required to attend an Immigration Orientation but would like to attend anyways, you are welcome to do so. Please contact your Immigration Specialist to arrange an orientation date.

Other Orientation Sessions and Appointments
There are other orientation sessions that provide you more detailed information based on your specific situation. You may be required to attend a Human Resources Orientation for benefits-eligible and non-benefits eligible employees, a Graduate student Orientation or special orientations for Graduate Medical Education Residents/Fellows. These sessions will be scheduled as appropriate.

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