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

  • 7/31/2020: On 7/29/2020, the US District Court for the Sothern District of New York issued an injunction of the Inadmissibility on Public Charge rule. On 7/31/2020, USCIS announced that as long as the injunction remains in effect, USCIS will not apply the Public Charge rule as implemented and will instead rely on the previous guidance on the receipt of public benefits.
  • 7/28/2020: At the request of Academic HR (AHR), the IC confirms that existing international faculty and GSIs with teaching duties may generally teach their courses in person or remotely without jeopardizing their immigration status. However, as the rules and regulations for each immigration status are different, action on the part of the employee and/or their unit may be required before an individual may teach remotely. Please refer to the AHR email announcement for additional information.
  • 7/20/2020: On 7/16/2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced, and on 7/17/2020 Customs and Border Protection confirmed, that the existing travel restrictions at the land borders with Canada and Mexico will be extended until 8/20/2020.
  • 7/16/2020: On 7/16/2020, the US Department of State clarified its list of exceptions to the 6/22/2020 Presidential Proclamation and indicated that it may issue visas for specific groups of individuals, including “certain H and J visa applicants who are traveling to work in support of a critical U.S. foreign policy objective (such as COVID-19 response)” and “spouses and children of certain visa class holders, such as H, J, and L visa holders who are already excepted from, or not subject to [the proclamation].” The Department of State reiterated that it will “continue to issue H, L, and J visas to otherwise qualified derivative applicants who are otherwise currently excepted or where the principal applicant is currently in the United States.”
  • 7/14/2020: on 7/13/2020, the US Department of State announced via Twitter (and confirmed on 7/14/2020) that US embassies and consulates are beginning the phased resumption of routine visa services, but that the dates for reopening will depend on local conditions and that applicants should monitor the website for the embassy or consulate for updates. Please note that the Department of State previously announced (here and here) that it would not be issuing “H-1B, H-2B, L, or certain J visas, and their derivatives through December 31, 2020, unless an exception applies[,]” even if the applicant was in the US on the effective date of the 6/22/2020 White House Proclamation and, therefore, is not subject to the proclamation. Also, note that other COVID-19-related travel restrictions remain in place.
  • 6/30/20: On 6/29/20, the Trump Administration issued a clarifying amendment to its Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak. The amendment confirms that individuals who are outside of the US on the effective date of the proclamation and do not have a valid visa for the classifications or statuses included in the original proclamation, i.e. H, J and L, “pursuant to which the alien is seeking entry” or who do not hold a different, valid travel document are affected by the proclamation. Therefore, individuals who are exempt from the visa requirement, such as Canadian citizens, are exempt from the proclamation.
  • 6/25/2020: On 6/24/2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has provided clarification on the impact of the Presidential Proclamation on Canadian citizens, who are generally visa-exempt. CBP has confirmed that Canadian citizens entering the US in H, J or L status are not subject to the proclamation and may continue to enter the country. Guidance has been provided to local CBP Ports of Entry.
  • 6/23/2020: On 6/22/2020, the Trump Administration issued a Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak. Please refer to the FSIS email announcement for additional information.
  • 6/22/2020: On 6/16/2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the existing travel restrictions for the land borders with Canada and Mexico will be extended until 7/21/2020.
  • 6/22/2020: on 6/16/2020, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced that it would extend its temporary practice to issue PERM Labor Certifications electronically until 9/30/2020. FSIS staff will be in touch with affected units and employees as PERM Labor Certifications are approved.
  • 5/29/2020: Today USCIS announced that it will resume Premium Processing in phases over the next month. Effective 6/1/2020, USCIS will accept Premium Processing requests for all eligible Immigrant Petitions (Form I-140). As of 6/8/2020, currently pending, cap-exempt H-1B petitions (such as those filed by UM) as well as pending non-H-1B petitions can be upgraded to Premium Processing. The following week, starting 6/15/2020, new H-1B petitions filed by the University of Michigan can be submitted with a concurrent request for Premium Processing. And finally, effective 6/22/2020, all remaining I-129 petition types can be filed with a request for Premium Processing. (Exact dates are subject to change.)
  • 5/28/2020: This morning, the Michigan Secretary of State Office announced that it will re-open for limited, appointment-only service effective 6/1/2020. Note that appointments will be limited to essential transactions that are not available online, including driver licenses and state ID transactions that must be done in person.
  • 5/26/20: On 5/24/2020, the US government announced new travel restrictions for foreign nationals who were physically present in Brazil during the 14-day period before seeking admission to the US. These travel restrictions take effect at 11.59pm EDT on Tuesday 5/26/2020. All foreign nationals who have been in Brazil within 14 days preceding their planned arrival to the US will be denied entry after these restrictions take effect. It is not yet clear how long these restrictions will remain in place. This restriction applies to all non-immigrants, unless specifically exempted in section 2 of the proclamation; US citizens and legal permanent residents are not subject to these travel restrictions. For an overview of other travelers currently prohibited from entry into the US, please refer to the CDC website. The University of Michigan is actively monitoring current travel restrictions, and the International Center will post additional information as it becomes available.
  • 5/20/2020: Customs and Border Protection announced that travel restrictions at the Canadian and Mexican land borders would be extended until 6/22/2020.
  • 5/11/2020: Expiration Date of Driver’s Licenses and State ID cards Temporarily Extended during COVID-19 Emergency
  • 5/6/2020: on 3/27/2020, Congress passed the CARES Act, which provides for the payment of certain stimulus payments. For more information regarding eligibility and impact on the Public Charge determination, visit the Economic Stimulus Payments Eligibility and Public Charge Determination page.
  • 4/23/2020: FSIS email announcement on the Voluntary Furlough and Voluntary Effort Reduction programs and the April 22, 2020 Executive Order on immigration
  • 4/20/2020: Customs and Border Protection announced that travel restrictions at the Canadian and Mexican land borders would be extended by 30 days
  • 4/7/2020: International employees who hold H-1B, H-1B1 or E-3 status have employment authorization for a specific employer, specific job and a specific geographic location. We recognize that many University of Michigan employees are working remotely from home. Most employees live and are working from home within a normal commuting distance from their normal work location. However, if you are working remotely, within the US, from a location that is not within normal commuting distance from your regular work site (as indicated in your immigration petition), we may need to amend your H-1B, H-1B1 or E-3 record with USCIS. Therefore, if you are working remotely AND your remote work location is not within a normal commuting distance from your normal worksite (but in the US), please contact FSIS.
  • 3/20/2020: USCIS announced that, effective immediately and until further notice, it is suspending Premium Processing for all H-1B, TN and employment-based green card applications.
  • 3/20/2020: The Department of State announced it is temporarily suspending all routine visa services at all US consulates and embassies abroad.
  • 3/19/2020: Customs and Border Protection announced that, effective 11.59pm on 3/20/2020, the US land borders to Canada and Mexico would be closed to non-essential travel for a 30-day period. Generally, individuals coming to the US to work are exempt and may continue to cross the border. See here for announcements on Canada and Mexico