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Overview of Services

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 UMass Chan.  We provide support and advising services to UMass Chan'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:

Services per visa type - Permanent Residency Applications Immigration Orientation & Seminars - Miscellaneous

Services per visa type


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 UMass Chan, travel guidance
J-1 Research Visa processing, Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) maintenance, assistance for transfers to/from UMass Chan, 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 UMass Chan, travel guidance
O-1 Work closely with designated immigration attorney, sign related documents on behalf of UMass Chan, travel guidance
TN Visa processing (when appropriate), travel guidance


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Permanent Residency Application Assistance

Immigration Services advises on policy and process, verifies credentials, job requirements and salary, acts as liaison between designated immigration attorney and UMass Chan department, reviews and signs all documents related to application and advises UMass Chan Talent Specialists on recruitment requirements for associated applicants when necessary.

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Immigration Orientation & Seminars

Conduct mandatory immigration orientation for incoming visa holders; seminars on various immigration topics (OPT, immigration basics, holiday travel, etc.); regular seminars/training for UMass Chan administrators; coordinate two permanent residency seminars per year; and GME staff seminars.

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Issue documents (were applicable) and provide advice and assistance to dependents of international scholars & students; 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.

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