Announcements

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine

All U-M faculty, staff and students who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through Michigan Medicine can receive it when they become eligible according to state guidelines and as supply allows.  

There is no cost to receive the vaccine.  The U.S. government is providing the vaccine itself free of charge.  Either your health insurance or the U.S. government will pay for the vaccine administration fee.

If you are interested in receiving the vaccine, prepare in advance by following these steps:

COVID-19 Tests Required for Air Travelers to the U.S. Beginning January 26

On January 12, 2021, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) issued an order requiring all air passengers arriving in the US from a foreign country to be tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.

International Center Hours

During on-site hours, the International Center is open to the public. These hours are primarily for document drop-off and pick-up and for pre-scheduled visits,  At other times during the work week, staff will work remotely from their homes.

Our currently-scheduled on-site and remote hours are listed below. Since these hours are subject to change, please refer to Today’s Hours on the International Center website for updates.

January 11 – 29

U-M comments on DHS proposed regulations and joins lawsuit challenging DOL H-1B regulation

The International Center, on behalf of the University of Michigan,  recently submitted a formal comment letter to the Department of Homeland Security expressing strong opposition to a proposed regulation which would eliminate “duration of status” for F-1 students and J-1 students and scholars, and establish fixed

The U.S. Elections

Election Day (Tuesday, November 3) is almost here, although we may not know the results of the election until one or more days later due to the very active early/mail-in voting this year. Please also remember that there are polling locations across U-M’s campus, so the campus will be much more crowded than usual on Election Day.

New DHS Proposal

The International Center is aware of the proposed changes to the period of admission and extension of stay procedures for our F-1 and J-1 students and scholars, and we are very disappointed in these proposed changes. We feel very strongly that these proposed changes would significantly and detrimentally impact international students and scholars and do not align with the unique educational needs of students and scholars in academic institutions.

Lease Cancellation Considerations During COVID-19

A lease is a binding contract and once you sign it you are generally liable for all the lease terms, including the obligation to pay rent for the full term. Even though many of the classes at the University of Michigan will be held remotely for the 2020/2021 term, your responsibilities pursuant to your off-campus housing lease likely will not change. There is generally no right to terminate your lease due to COVID-19 or the University’s decision regarding classes.

Fall Term 2020 International Center Office Hours

Beginning on Monday, August 17, the International Center will be open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. These office hours are primarily for document drop-off and pick-up and for pre-scheduled visits. We also have a drop box for contactless document drop off at any time the Student Activities Building is open (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). For the rest of the day, our doors will be locked but our staff will work remotely to assist you and to process your requests.

Rescission of Fall 2020 SEVP COVID-19 Guidance and Planning for the Fall Term

On July 14, 2020, DHS rescinded the guidance and FAQs they shared on July 6th and July 7th. This is partly in response to the Harvard - MIT case that U-M joined, among other cases that were being filed to prevent new restrictive measures. It means that we will return to the March 2020 guidance that facilitated remote learning for students whether they remained in the US or left the country, due to the COVID conditions at the time.

Planning for Fall Term 2020: New DHS Procedures and U-M Updates

On Monday, July 6, the U.S. government issued new guidance for F-1 students for the Fall 2020 Term. We know the announcement has caused stress and frustration for many in our campus community, and are working to limit the disruption of this new guidance for new and current students. U-M President Schlissel and senior leaders have issued a statement expressing U-M’s strong disagreement with the new policies. The International Center is disappointed that DHS will not extend the same flexible online guidance issued last March to the Fall semester, in light of the ongoing COVID crisis. 

Fall Term Planning Survey for Continuing Students

To All Continuing Students: U-M wants to understand your current plans and thoughts about the upcoming school year as a way to help campus offices, schools, and colleges plan for needed resources, programming, and information. All participants will be entered into a drawing to attend a Men's Basketball team practice (1 grand prize winner), a $20 Amazon gift card (50 winners), or a "swag" bag (35 winners)! The survey closes July 17th - Take the survey now!

COVID-19 Update: FAQs for Current Students

The International Center is committed to supporting you during this global health crisis. The global COVID-19 situation is dynamic and quickly changing, and so is the guidance on how to minimize its impact on international students. Since we are in an environment of evolving information, please make sure to regularly check the International Center's COVID-19 update page for important information and updates.

International Center Summer Orientation Peer Advisers

The International Center hires Orientation Peer Advisers (graduate and undergraduate students) to assist with new international students who will begin their studies at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Fall 2020. In the process you can expect to improve your communication skills, work with a team, help new international students ease the transition to a new environment, and make some friends - all while getting paid!

A Message About Racism from the International Center

Racism in the United States runs deep, as it sadly does in many places across the globe. The recent, violent killing of George Floyd, among others, reminds us of the injustices faced by African Americans all too often. Individuals from Asian backgrounds experienced discrimination and bias recently as ignorant people reacted to the COVID-19 crisis. The pain and frustration experienced by anyone subjected to prejudice is, at its core, the same.

Michigan “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order Ends but Some Restrictions Continue

June 1, 2020: Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced that staying at home is no longer required in Michigan. However, people in Michigan still must wear face coverings when in enclosed public spaces, and must continue to take precautions to protect themselves and their communities against COVID-19. Any work that is capable of being performed remotely still must be performed remotely.

2019-2020 Grants Celebration

International Center, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), Center for Educational Outreach (CEO), and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) wish to recognize and congratulate all student organizations and individuals that received grants through those offices. Watch this celebratory video highlighting just a fraction of the many amazing initiatives that took place on campus and around the world!

M-Pals for Incoming International Undergraduate Students

MPals is a peer-to-peer pen-pal initiative. Incoming international undergraduate students will be matched with current students at the University of Michigan. M-Pals will answer questions via email about all aspects of student life, such as: dorm-living, classes, extra-curricular clubs, banking, transportation, and more! Interested in joining M-Pals? Sign up today!

4/23/2020: Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrant Visa Applicants

President Trump has issued a proclamation suspending the entry of certain immigrants for 60 days. This proclamation, which takes effect on 11:59pm EDT on April 23, 2020, only affects those who need to apply for an immigrant visa at a consulate abroad in order to enter the U.S. as permanent residents (green card holders). The proclamation does not apply to current permanent residents. There are also some other exceptions.

COVID-19 Update: FAQs for J-1 Scholars

The International Center is committed to supporting you during this global health crisis. The global COVID-19 situation is dynamic and quickly changing, and so is the guidance on how to minimize its impact on international scholars. Since we are in an environment of continuously evolving information, please make sure to regularly check the International Center's COVID-19 update page for important information and updates.

New Travel Restrictions for Travelers from the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland

On Saturday, March 14th, the U.S. government announced new travel restrictions for foreign nationals who have been in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland in the past 14 days due to COVID-19 related risks. These restrictions will be implemented at midnight on Monday, March 16th, 2020 (excluding flights that are already in route by that time).

March 13th Letter from International Center Director: COVID-19 Situation: Important Updates for Students

Dear International Student, Many developments have occurred in the past week regarding the COVID-19 situation. The University of Michigan International Center and Public Affairs websites detail this week's developments. However, I wanted to make sure that you understand these important highlights.

COVID-19 Update for F-1 and J-1 Students

03/11/2020: In light of the University’s announcement regarding moving toward alternative forms of course delivery (including online formats), the International Center will follow Immigration’s established procedures that will ensure that F-1 and J-1 students maintain legal status. Please plan to participate in your classes in the format in which they are offered when they resume on Monday, March 16th. We will be posting additional information in the upcoming days.

U-M President Schlissel's Statement on COVID-19 Precautions and Recommendations

On March 5, 2020 U-M President Schlissel sent an email to the U-M campus community to share the latest guidelines and information for students, scholars, faculty, and staff related to the COVID-19 virus, including some important COVID-19 updates, guidance for travelers coming to or returning to campus, recommendations for those planning future travel, and campus preparations.

U-M ranked in Top 10 for Peace Corps Volunteers

U-M ranked in top 10 for Peace Corps volunteers among large U.S. colleges and universities. U-M also ranked No. 6 among graduate schools, with 11 graduate alumni currently serving worldwide. Overall, U-M ranks No. 4 all-time among top producing schools on the Peace Corps list. It is the only university from Michigan on the list this year. Since the agency’s founding in 1961, around 2,775 alumni from U-M have served abroad as Peace Corps volunteers. There are 211 volunteers from Michigan currently serving worldwide.

February 28 Message for International Scholars Regarding COVID-19

Dear International Scholars, I am writing to bring your awareness to the many medical, health, safety, and campus resources that have been developed in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As new information is shared, the International Center will continue to post announcements on our website. I also encourage you to reach out to the International Center with your questions about how restrictions related to COVID-19 may affect your immigration status or your ability to re-enter the United States after travelling abroad.

February 28 Message for International Students Regarding COVID-19

Dear International Students, I am writing to bring your awareness to the many medical, health, safety, and campus resources that have been developed in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As new information is shared, the International Center will continue to post announcements on our website. I also encourage you to reach out to the International Center with your questions about how restrictions related to COVID-19 may affect your immigration status or your ability to re-enter the United States after travelling abroad.

Welcome and Welcome Back International Students!

Happy 2020! May the new semester, year, and decade bring you good health, learning opportunities, and great success.

Many troubling things are happening around the world these days -- from wildfires to protests to tensions between nations.  Should you be personally impacted by any of these issues, or find yourself concerned and unable to concentrate on your academic goals, please know that the University of Michigan offers numerous resources for you.

Supporting Our Global Research Community

Dear Faculty, Postdoctoral Researchers and Graduate Students: During the Q&A that followed the President’s leadership breakfast last week, a community member asked about the challenges we face in the context of recent federal concerns of “foreign influence” on research at U.S. universities. This issue is very front of mind for many of us in leadership positions at U-M, and we want to share our views on this important issue with all of you.

CCI is Now Hiring!

Are you looking for an amazing job at the University of Michigan? Well, look no further! Come work for the Center for Campus Involvement! CCI is looking for some students who want to develop skills in facilitation, adaptability, and relationship building while supporting student organizations on campus.

Join Us In Welcoming International Students, Scholars and Their Families to Campus!

The University of Michigan International Center (IC) is proud to announce its Welcoming Month schedule of events for new and returning international students, faculty/staff, scholars, and their families. Throughout the month of September, the IC will host several events to help members of the international community learn about U.S. culture, get to know each other, and explore Ann Arbor.

WARNING: Be Aware of Scam (Fake) Consulate/IRS/FBI/USCIS Phone Calls - Don't Lose Your Money!

The International Center would like to warn you about phone calls and emails from criminals pretending to be from your home country consulate (or embassy), from U.S. law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, or from U.S. government agencies such as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), or the Michigan Department of Treasury. The calls may also be "robocalls" making "urgent" callback requests.

International Center Student Council Co-Lead Job Description

The International Center is currently looking to hire a Graduate Student ICSC Co-Leader for the 2019-2020 school year. ICSC Leaders facilitate ICSC meetings, manage ICSC communication (emails, social media, flyers, etc.), ensure deadlines by volunteer members are met, organize ICSC events, and serve as a liaison between ICSC members and the U-M International Center. ICSC Co-Leaders will be supported by the Global Engagement and Education Abroad (GEEA) team. For a full job description, click here. Those interested in applying must do so by August 19. Click here to access the application. 

LSA International Transfer Orientation and International Undergraduate Orientation

The International Center and the Office of New Student Programs welcome new U-M international undergraduate students and their parents to LSA International Transfer Orientation and International Undergraduate Orientation. The International Center has posted information for new international undergraduate students and their parents on the Orientation Overview page.

Leadership Statement Regarding Recent Mass Shootings

August 5, 2019  Source: Office of the President

Nine killed while enjoying a summer night out in Dayton, Ohio.

Twenty-two killed while shopping in El Paso, Texas.

Three killed while attending a local festival in Gilroy, California.

More than two dozen people gunned down while enjoying the everyday tasks of the weekend – shopping, spending an evening with friends, supporting the local community.

Short Term Job Opportunity for Students

The University of Michigan Conference & Event Services is looking for ambitious, customer service oriented student staff for a two-week conference from Friday, July 19th through Friday, August 2nd. Both U.S. and international students are encouraged to apply; this is on-campus employment and a work-study award is not required. The University will be hosting the National Training Institute (NTI), a 10 day educational training conference of electricians who will be our guests on the University campus.

New Questions on Visa Application Form

The Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application  (Form DS-160) now requires applicants to provide information on all social media platforms they have used within the last five years. You will be required to provide your username, screen name, handle, or other identifier for each platform you have used, but you will not be required to provide your passwords. You will also be asked for your current email address and phone number and for any additional email addresses and phone numbers you have used in the previous five years, but you will not be required to provide your passwords.

Tragedy in Sri Lanka

The staff of the International Center would like to express our sympathy and concern for U-M international students, scholars, and employees from Sri Lanka after the recent terrorist attacks.

We would also like to remind students that Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to help you find support during this stressful time. You can call them any time at (734) 764-8312 or visit their office in the Tappan Auxiliary Building Monday -Thursday from 8 am - 7pm and Fridays from 8am-5pm.

The International Center is Accepting Applications for China PDO Orientation Leaders

The University of Michigan International Center is excited to host two Pre-Departure Orientations (PDO) for new undergraduate Chinese students and parents June 2019. These PDO events will be June 15 in Beijing and June 22 in Shanghai. The International Center is seeking 10 student Orientation Leaders to volunteer for each PDO event. Our Orientation Leaders will share valuable information with new students and their parents in order to prepare them for their travel to and arrival in Ann Arbor.

Summer 2019 Travel Guidance

As members of the University of Michigan community embark on international and domestic travel this summer, the campus International Centers, Office of the General Counsel, and Office of the Provost have prepared this informational guide to promote safe and efficient travel. More detailed and expansive information, including emergency contact information while traveling, is available on the Global Michigan website. We encourage you to explore all the travel resources available on that site while planning your travel.

March 16 Emergency Alert and Important Campus Resources

Recent events around the world and here on campus have been upsetting to many students, faculty, and staff. Although reports of an active shooter on the University of Michigan campus on Saturday proved to be unfounded (the noises were actually the sounds of balloons popping), this was a very frightening day for many. As such, the International Center would like to remind you about some resources that are available to the campus community. Students

Travel Ban Update From The International Center

On June 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the Trump v. Hawaii travel ban case. Since the Supreme Court ruled for the government, this decision means that the travel ban will continue to be in effect. After the decision was announced, U-M’s President Mark S. Schlissel issued a statement expressing the University’s disappointment in this decision, and reaffirming the university’s commitment to fostering an environment in which all members of the U-M community can flourish. 

WARNING: Scam (Fake) IRS/FBI/USCIS Phone Calls - Don't Lose Your Money!

The International Center would like to warn you about phone calls and emails from criminals pretending to be from U.S. law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, or from U.S. government agencies such as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), or the Michigan Department of Treasury. The calls may also be "robo-calls" making "urgent" callback requests.

H-1B Processing Times Increase - Premium Processing Remains Available

USCIS processing times for H-1B petitions has slowed down significantly since the beginning of this year. USCIS indicates that the "normal" processing time for an H-1B petition is currently 3.5 - 5.5 months. Please take these increased processing times into account as you are preparing your H-1B requests and submit your petition requests as early as possible. Note that Premium Processing remains available for H-1B petitions submitted on behalf of cap-exempt employers, including the University of Michigan.

University of Michigan Among Peace Corps’ 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities

The Peace Corps announced that the University of Michigan ranked No. 8 among large schools on the agency’s 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 61 Wolverines currently volunteering worldwide. The University of Michigan is also a top graduate school, ranking No. 5 with 14 alumni currently volunteering.

API Commencement Celebration Event Planning Student Advisory Board

The Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI) and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) are seeking diligent, well-connected, and committed graduate and undergraduate students to serve on the University of Michigan’s first API (Asian/Pacific Islander) Celebratory’s Student Advisory Board. Members will work to make the inaugural event characterized by the values of inclusivity, solidarity, and recognition as it applies to the API diaspora on campus.

Executive Order on Immigration: Information and Resources

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States”, which revokes and replaces Executive Order 13769, issued on January 27, 2017.  The new order includes a revised 90-day entry ban on nationals of six countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – and is effective on March 16, 2017. Please refer to this page for clarifications as additional information becomes available, for updates on important and relevant changes, for information on how this order affects U-M’s international students, scholars, faculty and staff, and for Executive Order resources.

International Center Photo Contest

Do you have great photos from your experiences at U-M, the state of Michigan, or another country?  The International Center invites U-M international and U.S. students, scholars, faculty, staff, and dependents to participate in our 2017 Photo Contest!  Submit your photos and see if the judges pick you as a winner to be displayed in the 2017 Global Photo Showcase!   Winning photos will be used for the International Center’s website, social media, digital signage, or future event promotion material.

Message for the Parents of New International Undergraduate Students

Dear Parents,

It was wonderful to see so many families of our new students participate in Monday’s orientation.  As a follow-up to our Panel of University Representatives, we would like to provide you with some additional information and webpages, and with responses to some of the questions raised yesterday, in order to clarify these important issues for you.

International Undergraduate Orientation

The International Center and the Office of New Student Programs welcome new U-M international undergraduate students and their parents to international undergraduate orientation. The International Center has posted information for new international undergraduate students and their parents, including PDF versions of the International Parent Orientation agenda and presentation. on the Orientation Overview page.

Tax Form Deadline Information for F-1 and J-1 Students and Scholars

Nonresidents for tax purposes have two deadlines, April 18 and June 15, depending on their circumstances.  Review the deadlines section of Non-Residents for Tax Purposes to see which deadline applies to you.  Tax residents have only one deadline, April 18, 2017.  If you will not be able to mail (or, for tax residents, e-file) your tax form by your deadline, you can extend your deadline to file your form, but you must still pay any taxes you owe by the deadline. 

University of Michigan Among Peace Corps’ 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities

The Peace Corps announced that the University of Michigan ranked No. 4 among large schools on the agency’s 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 60 Wolverines currently volunteering worldwide. The University of Michigan is also a top graduate school, ranking No. 4 with 15 alumni currently volunteering.

3/6/2017: Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States." The new order revokes and replaces Executive Order 13769 that was issued on January 27, 2017.  This new Executive Order includes a revised entry ban on nationals of six countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – and is effective on March 16, 2017.