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 current and future international employees requiring employment-based immigration sponsorship and serves as the liaison to all relevant governmental agencies involved with the employment-based immigration process. Specifically, FSIS represents the University of Michigan in immigration related matters at the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), the Department of Labor and the Department of State as well as prepares and files all employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant petitions on behalf of the University as a whole. However, please note that our office cannot provide legal advice. If legal advice on immigration-related matters is required, FSIS may, in consultation with the Office of General Counsel, 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 such instances, FSIS will manage the casework.
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.