Faculty Staff Immigration Services (FSIS) serves the international faculty, staff, their families as well as hiring units on the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. We facilitate intercultural and international education and aim to foster a global campus community through comprehensive, high-quality immigration advisement; case preparation and case management; compliance and risk management guidance; programming; and advocacy at all levels.
FSIS is the University's official and authoritative source of immigration advice for all international employees requiring employment-based immigration sponsorship and, in consultation with the Office of General Counsel (OGC), is charged with the responsibility of representing all University campuses on employment-based immigration matters and managing the country's largest, academic H-1B program. As such, FSIS prepares and files all employment-based immigration petitions with the appropriate government agencies. However, note that our office does not provide legal advice. If legal advice on immigration-related matters is required, FSIS will, in consultation with OGC, refer the matter to an immigration attorney outside of the University. Also, FSIS may, after review and at its discretion, assign an immigration petition to outside Retained Immigration Counsel.
In addition, FSIS conducts large and small group workshops on a variety of topics for interested international faculty and staff as well as all university units; we are always happy to come to units to conduct a presentation. FSIS also serves as a resource to improve international and intercultural awareness for faculty and staff and provides consultations on a broad array of topics, including policy development and implementation pertaining to serving the international population.
When you have any question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- 5/5/2021: USCIS declared that, with an expected effective date of 5/17/2021, it would temporarily (for a 2 year period) suspend the biometrics requirement for Form I-539 applications for the H-4, L-2, E-1, E-2 and E-3 categories that are 1.) pending on that date and have not yet received a biometric services appointment notice and 2.) new applications received by USCIS after the effective date.
- 5/3/2021: Effective Tuesday 5/4/21, India has been added to the list of countries with COVID-19-specific travel restrictions. With limited exceptions, individuals who were physically present in India or the other listed countries during the 14-day period before seeking admission to the US, are prohibited from entering the US. For more information on the National Interest Exception process, see here and here.
- 4/20/2021: The temporary land border restrictions between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico will be extended until 5/21/2021.
- 4/5/2021: The Trump-era Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021 and is no longer in effect.
- 3/18/2021: The temporary land border restrictions between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico will be extended until 4/21/2021.
- 3/12/2021: On 3/11/2021, the Department of State announced it is temporarily expanding the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. Visa applicants whose previous visa (in the same classification) expired within the past 48 months may qualify for a waiver of the interview when applying for a new visa. Refer to the US consulate website where you intend to apply for more information.
- 3/10/2021: On 3/9/2021, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it has found that the Public Charge rule is "neither in the public interest nor an efficient use of limited government resources. Consistent with that decision, the Department of Justice will no longer pursue appellate review of judicial decisions invalidating or enjoining enforcement of the 2019 Rule." USCIS confirmed that it is no longer applying the 2019 Public Charge rule.