Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Immigrations Services (FSIS) is the University's official and authoritative source of immigration advice for all international employees requiring UM employment-based immigration sponsorship. FSIS serves the international faculty, staff, their families as well as hiring units on the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. We facilitate intercultural and international education and aim to foster a global campus community through comprehensive, high-quality immigration advisement; case preparation and case management; compliance and risk management guidance; programming; and advocacy at all levels.

FSIS is charged with the responsibility of representing all University campuses on employment-based immigration matters and managing the country's largest, academic H-1B program. As such, FSIS prepares and files all employment-based immigration petitions with the appropriate government agencies. However, note that our office does not provide legal advice. If legal advice on UM immigration-related matters is required, we will, in consultation with OGC, refer the matter to an immigration attorney outside of the University. Alternatively, FSIS may, after review and at its discretion, assign an immigration petition to outside Retained Immigration Counsel.

In addition, FSIS conducts large and small group workshops on a variety of topics for interested international faculty and staff as well as all university units; we are always happy to come to units to conduct a presentation. FSIS also serves as a resource to improve international and intercultural awareness for faculty and staff and provides consultations on a broad array of topics, including policy development and implementation pertaining to serving the international population.

When you have any question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Important News

  • 4/8/2024: On 4/8/2024 USCIS published a new temporary final rule extending the automatic extension period for certain EAD applicants from 180 to 540 days.This rule will be effective from 4/8/2024 until 9/20/2027 and will affect extension requests filed between 10/27/2023 and 9/30/2025. Note that not all EAD renewal applicants will benefit from the new temporary rule; for a list of eligible applicants, refer to this USCIS overview.
  • 3/20/2024: Effective 4/1/2024, USCIS will change its fee schedule for many petition and application types as well as its Premium Processing adjudication timeline. The Premium Processing timeline will change from calendar days to federal business days. In effect, for an H-1B petition, the Premium Processing timeline will change from approximately 2 weeks to approximately 3 weeks. For an overview of the new fees, see the FSIS Fees and Checks schedule
  • 1/10/2024: On 12/28/2023, USCIS announced that it will change its Premium Processing fees. Effective 2/26/2024, the Premium Processing fees for H-1B petitions as well as most Immigrant Petitions will increase from $2,500 to $2,805.

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