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.
- 10/25/2021: The White House issued a Proclamation confirming that the country-specific travel restrictions would be lifted effective 11/8/2021 and would replaced by a general requirement that international air travelers be fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated travelers must continue to comply with existing CDC requirerements, e.g. a pre-arrival test, taken in the 3 days before departure. Air travelers who are not fully vaccinated may be able to enter the US if they can meet certain exceptions and conditions.
- 10/20/2021: The US Department of Homeland Security announced that the travel restrictions for the land borders with Canada and Mexico will be extended until 1/21/2022, but that "[these] restrictions also can be modified by the Secretary at any point prior to January 21, 2022 to allow non-essential travel through land ports of entry and ferry terminals for individuals who are fully vaccinated and have appropriate proof of vaccination." It was previously announced that these changes will take effect 11/8/2021.
- 10/15/2021: Today, the Biden administration announced that, effective 11/8/2021, fully vaccinated foreign national travelers will be able to enter the US. Details remain to be determined.
- 10/13/2021: On 10/12/2021, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would be lifting the land border restrictions in two phases. Effective early November -- date to be determined -- fully vaccinated individuals will be able to enter the US for non-essential purposes at the land border. Effective early January 2022, individuals entering the US at the land border for essential purposes will also need to be fully vaccinated.
- 9/22/2021: The Biden Administration announced on 9/20/2021 that it will be lifting the country-specific travel bans, effective early November. However, many of the details, including the exact implementation date and or specific testing requirements have not yet been announced.
- 9/22/2021: CBP announced that the temporary land border restrictions between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico will be extended until 10/21/2021.
- 8/25/2021: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that, effective 10/1/2021, green card applicants will be required to be vacinated against COVID-19. For more information and possible exceptions, refer to the CDC website.
- 8/23/2021: CBP announced that the temporary land border restrictions between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico will be extended until 9/21/2021.
- 7/21/2021: CBP announced that the temporary land border restrictions between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico will be extended until 8/21/2021.
- 6/21/2021: CBP announced that the temporary land border restrictions between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico will be extended until 7/21/2021.
- 6/11/2021: CBP announced that it will no longer issue paper I-94 cards to individuals entering the US via the land border. Instead, they can download their electronic I-94 from the CBP website.
- 6/4/2021: on 7/1/2021, FSIS will be co-hosting a free presentation on Naturalization/ US Citizenship. This session is open to all UM community members who are currently green card holders. Registration is required via Sessions.