Two H-1B-related announcements from ISSS

Dear department administrators and supervisors,

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide the best customer service across the board, we are pleased to announce two improvements:

  • New H-1B request process
  • ISSS advisor assignment change to include H-1Bs

New H-1B request process

In collaboration with central HR, we are introducing the new streamlined, easy-to-follow H-1B request process effective June 15.  We have received a great deal of positive feedback from you for our new J-1 scholar process, which we introduced last summer, and it has motivated us to make changes in the H-1B area.  As you will see, we have incorporated many of your suggestions.  Most notably, there will now be one H-1B request process consisting of three e-forms total, satisfying requirements for both central HR and ISSS.  We have also reduced free text fields and added drop-down menus wherever possible for speedier e-form completion. 

We are offering four open forums to introduce the streamlined process and answer any questions you might have.  Janice Palmer, HR, will also be present to answer questions as she handles the Department of Labor part of the H-1B process before ISSS handles the Department of Homeland Security part of it.  Hope to see you at one of the open forums!

  • May 23, 1:30pm – 3pm (check invitation email for details)  
  • May 25, 1:30pm – 3pm (check invitation email for details)    
  • June 6, 10:30am – 12 noon (check invitation email for details)   
  • June 8, 3pm – 4:30pm (check invitation email for details)    

Starting June 15, the new H-1B request will replace the old process.  If you have begun your H-1B request under the old process, you must complete the e-forms by June 21. 

ISSS advisor assignment changes to include H-1Bs

Starting July 3, one ISSS advisor will meet your needs for both J-1 and H-1B scholar cases.     

As you know, ISSS advisors work with departmental administrators as well as directly with students and scholars. Our goal is to provide you with accurate and timely assistance and to ensure you have the smoothest immigration experience possible. In the past, some advisors specialized in serving students, and others specialized in serving certain scholars. Sometimes this specialization presented challenges, as administrators might contact a J-1 scholar advisor with an H-1B question, or vice versa. We have now completed the transition to offering you a one-stop advising experience.  Please find your ISSS advisor here.

Thank you for working with us through this transition.  We continue to welcome your feedback.

Your ISSS staff