Two H-1B-related announcements from ISSS


Dear Administrators,

As we previously communicated, ISSS has created a new, streamlined H-1B request process.  The new request process is live as of today and is accessible now through ISSS Link.

For those who have already begun an H-1B request under the old process, you have until June 22, 2017 to complete it.  If not completed by that date, you will need to restart the process using the new H-1B request.

For those of you who were unable to attend one of the previous open forums, we are adding an additional one on Monday, June 19th from 1:30 – 3:00 pm in the North Decatur Building, Ste. 106. Registration is required.

If you have any questions, please contact your ISSS advisor.  We greatly appreciate the feedback we have received from administrators so far, and welcome any comments you may have about the new request process.  

Best wishes,

Your ISSS staff


Dear administrators and supervisors, 

As we informed you previously, the new streamlined, easy-to-follow H-1B request process will be launched on June 15.  

We want to thank people who attended our open forums related to the launch. This new process is a collaboration between ISSS and central HR.  It incorporates your previous suggestions, as well as those we received during the open forums. 

Any requests initiated on or after June 15th will be able to use the new process. If you have begun your H-1B request under the old process, you have until June 22 to complete those e-forms. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at  

Thank you,

Your ISSS staff


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