Most units on campus have a designated individual who serves as that unit's liaison or "visa contact person" with the Faculty, Staff, and Scholar branch of ISSS. The contact person maintains information relating to visa matters, contacts ISSS for information and initiates many procedures such as J-1 and H-1 procurement, extensions, changes, and green cards, and usually assists with preparation of the paperwork required for various procedures.
It is most often the contact person who consults ISSS when an international person is being considered for a position. Although we will discuss procedures and options with faculty members and international visitors, a particular procedure can only be initiated by the contact person with authorization of the department head.
A few units have never dealt with visa issues and have no designated contact person. In some larger units visa work is delegated to more than one person, but we wish to retain one individual as our contact. This person will be in our e-mail group and will receive important updates and other notices relating to immigration issues.
The ISSS office needs to be notified if a new contact person is designated for your unit.
- Basic Terms
- Hosting and Employing Internationals
- Immigration Statuses at Illinois
- Which Status is Appropriate for your International Visitor/Employee?
- Payments to Foreign Nationals
- J-1 vs. H-1 Chart
- USCIS Fees
- Important Reminders for Department Contacts
- Departure Guidelines
Document processing times: We require up to two weeks to process complete requests from faculty, staff, and scholars. Incomplete requests may require additional time. We generally cannot expedite requests due to the high volume of applications we receive. If you feel that it is necessary to request an expedite, please contact your host department.