A Workshop on International Scholar Employment at MU. Presenters: Richard Porter, ISSS Coordinator Billie Freelon, H-1B Advisor. William B. Schiller, Davidson & Schiller, LLC. Employing J-1 Scholars. J-1 Documentation and Reporting Requirements.
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Presenters: Richard Porter, ISSS Coordinator Billie Freelon, H-1B Advisor.
William B. Schiller, Davidson & Schiller, LLC
The INS was divided up into three agencies under the Department of Homeland Security; USCIS, USICE, and USCBP
Dependents of J-1 scholars (J-2s) must possess there own separate SEVIS document.
Department and or scholar must notify ISSS, if scholar will arrive 20 days after start date.
Scholars must check into ISSS immediately after arriving in Columbia!
Department must notify ISSS only when scholar terminates program 30 days before end date.
J-1 program participants are legally required to inform the USCIS of a change of address within 10 days
Scholars will notify USCIS indirectly regarding changes of address by filling out the Scholars Address Change Form at the International Center. ISSS will note the change in SEVIS.
The Visa stamp in a scholars passport is like a KEY... it is for entry only. It is OK for a scholars visa to expire while in the U.S. This will only effect the scholars ability to travel outside the US and re-enter, not their legal status.
Only a KeyYour Visa (an entry document)
Scholars and professors are here to teach and or perform research and can not enroll in courses unless they are incidental.Engage in Defined Activities
Changing a J-1 category from scholar to student or student to scholar is not possible once the J-1 enters the US. This can only be done by departing the US and re-entering with a new document.
J-1 Scholars can be paid for occasional lectures or consultations off campus but only with written authorization from an ISSS advisor.
No authorization is needed if the scholar will only be reimbursed for reasonable expenses.
J-1 Visitors and their dependents are required by law to carry Health Insurance that meets minimum requirements.
Included in these minimum requirements is Repatriation/Medical Evacuation coverage (7,500/10,000).
Scholar will be asked to show documentary proof of insurance (in English)! MU benefits eligible employees will need to purchase an add-on policy to cover Repatriation/Medical Evacuation.
Also noted on the DS 2019 (formerly IAP-66), but not always.Two Year Home Residency Requirement (212.E)
Request form is sent as an emailed attachments to the department (the request form is also available on our web site and as a hard copy at the front desk of the International center). Processing can take up to 10 days.J-1 Process at MU
Scholars who are not employees of MU can still get staff/faculty ID cards enabling them to procure library privileges, keys to their office/laboratory, etc…. Information regarding these procedures and other helps for hosting departments can now be found on our web site at:
Other useful information on the ISSS Web Site: http://www.missouri.edu/~icweb/isss/
USCIS (INS)Responsible Government Agencies
Labor Condition Application (LCA)Certification Department of Labor
H-1B PetitionUnited States Citizenship and Immigration Services
3-5 monthsThe H-1B Petitioning Process
Contact the H-1B advisor before undertaking or recommending travel outside the US. Knowledge regarding proper procedures and documentation is crucial
*Go to the IC web site for more detailed information
The only place a visa stamp can be issued now is at a US consulate or embassy abroad.
Visit our web site for more information at:
“A foreign national or alien immigrant in the United states is commonly referred to by different terms, including: immigrant, permanent resident, lawful permanent resident, green card holder and numerous other labels”. Ref. I.N.A. 101(s)(20); 8C.F.R. 1.1(p)
(2)Outstanding Professors or Researchers
(3) Certain Multinational
Professionals holding advance degrees
and persons of exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, and business.
“Internationally recognized as outstanding in a specific field and have a minimum of three years research or teaching experience”
Musthave an offer of tenured, tenure- track teaching or “permanent” research position. Post Doctoral or visiting positions do not qualify
File the I-140, Immigrant petition. This can take anywhere from one month one year to be adjudicated. (No LC)
Concurrent filing of I-485, application to adjust status to permanent resident. This currently takes approximately one to two years.
Concurrent filings are advisable in only some cases.
Advance degree is defined as any U.S. academic or professional degree or foreign equivalent degree above baccalaureate.
The job offered must require an advanced degree as a minimum requirement.
File the I-140, Immigrant petition. This can take anywhere from one month to one year to be adjudicated.
Concurrent filing of I-485, application to adjust status to permanent resident. This currently takes approximately 1 yearThe PR process for EB2
File Labor Certification. This takes from three to five months
ISSS only files labor certification applications for Advanced Degree Professionals (EB2) at MU with formal classroom teaching responsibilities (College or University Teachers).
Get ISSS involved as soon as possible. Include us in the on site interview schedule
EB1 or EB2, which to file?
In some cases, it may be advisable to file more than one application at the same time
William B. Schiller
Davidson & Schiller, LLC
Visit our web site for more information at: http://www.missouri.edu/~icweb/isss
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