Friday, February 12, 2016

Announcements for International Scholars

Information Session for H-1B Employees (Twin Cities campus)

ISSS will hold an information session for new and continuing H-1B employees on Tuesday, March 1 from 3:00-4:15pm at 101 University International Center. Topics to be addressed include: status maintenance requirements, international travel, extensions of H-1B status, change or termination of employment, and basic information about qualifying and applying for Permanent Residence. H-1B employees who are interested in attending should RSVP using this form

Tax Deadline - April 18

If you were present in the U.S. in 2015, you will likely need to file a 2015 tax return. ISSS staff members are not qualified to provide tax advising. However, if you are a non-resident for tax purposes, you may be able to utilize tax workshops organized by ISSS. (Note: Most H-1B visa holders are residents for tax purposes.) See the ISSS website for more information. 

ISSS Intercultural Workshop Series

ISSS is pleased to release the Intercultural Workshop series. The series includes sessions focused on intercultural competency and skills development as well as “Culture In-Depth” sessions discussing the unique practices, customs, and values of some of the largest international student populations on our campus. Each session helps U of M staff members gain greater cultural self-awareness, an understanding of the contributions of international students, and communication skills to improve interactions and relationships with international students, staff, and faculty.More information can be found on the ISSS website

General Reminders

Reporting Requirements: Please notify ISSS if you have changed immigration status. Nonimmigrants are also required to report changes of address to USCIS within 10 days.
International Travel: Carefully review the ISSS website any time you travel outside the United States.
Immigration Documents:
  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months into the future at all times.
  • Check the status expiration date on your current Form I-94. If it expires before the end date listed on your I-797 Approval Notice, contact ISSS immediately.
  • If you have dependents, also check their immigration documents for accuracy.
As always, please contact ISSS if you have any questions.