Services for International Employees & Scholars

Arrival

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International Programs is excited to welcome you to the KU community.  The orientation process is going to be based on your visa category.  You will have an opportunity to meet with an International Advisor to discuss the legal rights and benefits of your visa status, as well as learn about resources on campus and in the surrounding community.

All J-1 scholars must attend a New Scholar Orientation meeting.  You can register for a session in your iHawk account.  Please complete all other e-forms after registering for the orientation meeting.  The New Scholar Orientation meeting is a mandatory meeting required for your visa.  Please register for the first possible meeting time.  During the New Scholar Orientation session you will learn about your immigration documents, how to maintain your immigration status, health insurance, benefits associated with your appointment, and information about living in Lawrence.

If you are going to be an employee at the University of Kansas then you will be able to apply for a social security number the day after you attend a New Scholar Orientation session .  Possession of  a social security number is important  to complete paperwork to start receiving your paycheck.  This is one of the reasons why we suggest you arrive before your DS-2019 Form start date.

H-1B employees should contact their advisor in International Programs and schedule a meeting.  This meeting should be with advisor that submitted your H-1B petition.  Your advisor will answer questions you have about how to maintain your H-1B status and next steps, as well as talk to you about living in the Lawrence community.  Please bring your passport to the meeting.

If you do not have a social security number, you should apply for one immediately.  Please visit the Social Security Number section of this website to learn about the process and required documents.

O-1 employees should contact their advisor in International Programs and schedule a meeting.  This meeting should be with advisor that submitted your O-1 petition.  Your advisor will answer questions you have about how to maintain your O_1 status and next steps, as well as talk to you about living in the Lawrence community.  Please bring your passport to the meeting.

If you do not have a social security number, you should apply for one immediately.  Please visit the Social Security Number section of this website to learn about the process and required documents.

Please contact an advisor in International Programs to learn if you should schedule an arrival meeting.  If you will be an employee at KU, then you will need a social security number before you can begin employment. Please visit the Social Security Number section of this website to learn how to apply for a number.


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Founded in 1964 as part of a Ford Foundation campus internationalization grant
One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
The AEC comprises three units: the Intensive English Program, Short-term Programs, and KU Outreach Programs.
Each semester, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times