Faculty & Staff

Faculty Staff Immigration Services (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  the University's official and authoritative source of immigration advice for all international employees requiring employment-based immigration sponsorship and, in consultation with the Office of General Counsel (OGC), 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 immigration-related matters is required, FSIS will, in consultation with OGC, refer the matter to an immigration attorney outside of the University. Also, 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

  • On 10/30/2019, USCIS announced that effective 12/2/19, the fee for Premium Processing will be adjusted from $1,410 to $1,440. All petitions postmarked on or after 12/2/19 will need to include the new fee.
  • Effective 3/1/2019, all interviews for H and L visas in China will be conducted at the US Embassy in Beijing or the US Consulates General in Guangzhou or Shanghai. H-visa interviews will no longer be offered at the Consulates General in Chengdu or Shenyang. For more information about the visa application process, please refer to the website of the relevant consulate location.
  • On 8/31/18, USCIS announced that, effective 10/1/18, the fee for Premium Processing would increase from $1,225 to $1,410. All petitions postmarked on or after 10/1/18 will need to include the new fee.
  • On 8/28/18, USCIS announced that it would extend its partial suspension of Premium Processing service until 2/19/19. However, petitions filed by cap-exempt organizations, such as the University of Michigan are not affected by this ongoing suspension. Premium Processing remains available for H-1B petitions filed by the University.
  • Current USCIS H-1B processing times continue to significantly exceed the historic norm of approximately 2 months. As indicated by USCIS, the estimated time range for adjudication of an H-1B petition is 5.5 – 7.5 months.