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.
- 10/21/2020: On 10/19/2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the travel restrictions for Mexico and Canada will be extended until 11/21/2020.
- 10/16/2020: On 10/16/2020, USCIS announced that effective Monday 10/19/2020, the filing fee for Premium Processing (for existing case types) will increase from $1,440 to $2,500 as required by the the “Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act," which was passed by Congress on 9/30/2020.
- 10/8/2020: On 10/6/2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Department of Labor (DOL) announced new, interim final regulations. The DHS rule alters certain key regulatory definitions in an effort to limit H-1B eligibility and to limit H-1B sponsorship for 3rd party placements. The DOL rule would result in higher prevailing wage determinations unless employers rely on external wage data. We are still reviewing and analyzing these regulations, but believe that, as written, they contain substantial ambiguities that will need to be clarified. Note that the DOL regulation will take effect immediately; the DHS rule will take effect in 60 days. Please see FSIS email announcement on this topic for additional insight on this topic.
- 9/30/2020: On 9/29/2020, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary national injunction against the enforcement of the new fee rule, which was scheduled to take effect on 10/2/2020. As a result, while the injunction remains in effect, the USCIS fees will not change and the processing time for Premium Processing remains at 15 calendar days instead of 15 business days. See our fees and checks page for more information.
- 9/20/2020: On 9/18/2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the existing travel restrictions at the land borders with Canada and Mexico were again extended until 10/21/2020.