Services for International Employees & Scholars

Visa Summary

These are some of the more common visa categories that International Programs will use to support international employees and international scholars that needs visa support.  The support process is always initiated by the KU hosting / hiring department.

J-1 Research Scholar / Professor
J-1 Short Term Scholar
B Visitor Visa
  • Used for short visits.
  • Restrictive criteria on payment of honoraria and/or reimbursement of expenses.
H-1B Temporary Worker
TN NAFTA Professionals
  • Canadian and Mexican citizens only.
  • Must be a KU employee.
  • Profession must be on the NAFTA list.
F-1 Optional Practical Training
  • For those in F-1 status who have completed a degree program in the U.S. and have received employment authorization from USCIS to work in a field related to their field of study.
  • Maximum period of employment is 12 months.
  • Degree granting institution maintains immigration advising responsibilities.
O-1 Extraordinary Ability
  • Applicant must demonstrate sustained national and/or international acclaim and recognition for achievements.
  • Must be a KU employee

Immigration News

  • December 2018 Visa Bulletin
    November 13, 2018 — EB-1 will advance by three months for all countries to July 1, 2017 except China and India, which will move to September 1, 2016.  EB-2 will remain current for all countries, except for China
  • November 2018 Visa Bulletin
    October 11, 2018 — EB-1 for all countries and EB-2 and EB-3 for nearly all countries will remain at the dates set in last month's bulletin. EB-2 China will advance more than a month, to May 15, 2015.
  • October 2018 Visa Bulletin
    September 13, 2018 — EB-1 advances for all countries but remains backlogged; significant advancement for EB-2 and EB-3.  EB-1 for all countries except India and China will advance ten months, to April 1, 2017.&nbs
  • September Visa Bulletin
    August 9, 2018 — EB-1 for all countries except India and China will advance one month, to June 1, 2016. EB-2 for all countries retrogresses immediately, with expected return to August priority dates in October.
  • August Visa Bulletin
    July 13, 2018 — There is an immediate EB-1 worldwide retrogression for all countries except India and China to May 1, 2016.
  • July 2018 Visa Bulletin
    June 15, 2018 — The July 2018 Visa Bulleting is now up.  EB-2 China will advance by four months to January 1, 2015 and EB-2 India will advance by nearly three months to March 15, 2009.
  • Visa Bulletin April 2018
    March 14, 2018 — Due to very high demand, a cutoff date of January 1, 2012 will be imposed for EB-1 China and India.  EB-2 China will advance by nearly eight months to August 1, 2014 and EB-2 India will advanc
  • March 2018 Visa Bulletin
    February 16, 2018 — Please use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State visa Bulletin for February 2018.  Cutoff dates for EB-2 and EB-3 China and India advance.
  • Visa Bulleting for February 2018
    January 19, 2018 — Please use the Final Action Date chart for determining Employment-Based Preference filings.
  • Visa Bulleting for December 2017
    November 14, 2017 — EB-1 will remain current for all countries.
  • November 2017 Visa Bulletin: Modest Advancements for EB-2 China and India and EB-3 China
    October 13, 2017 — EB-1 will remain current for all countries. EB-2 will remain current for most countries, except China and India, which will each advance by three weeks.
  • August 2017 Visa Bulletin
    August 22, 2017 — The August 2017 visa bulletin is available.
  • USCIS to Resume H-1b premium processing for certain cap-exempt petitions
    July 24, 2017 — Starting July 24, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will allow institutions of higher education to resume filling of H-1b premium processing petitions.
  • Visa Bulletin June 2017
    June 12, 2017 — The visa bulletin for June 2017 is now available.
  • Visa Bulletin May 2017
    May 10, 2017 — The visa bulletin for May 2017 is now available.
  • Visa Bulletin April 2017
    April 24, 2017 — The visa bulletin for April 2017 is now available.
  • USCIS suspends Premium Processing of H-1b Petitions
    March 6, 2017 — Friday afternoon USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) ann
  • December 2016 Visa Bulletin
    December 8, 2016 — There are new priority dates for both China and India.  Take a look.
  • November 2016 Visa Bulletin
    November 7, 2016 — The November 2016 visa bulletin is now available.  Both India and China saw EB-2 final action dates progress several month.
  • USCIS Fee Increase
    November 7, 2016 — A final USCIS fee rule was published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2016, which means the new fees will be effective on December 23, 2016.  Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked
  • October 2016 Visa Bulletin
    September 26, 2016 — Good news, we saw a return to current for EB-1 priority dates.  India and China also saw some movement forward at the EB-2 level.
  • Diversity Visa Lottery to open on October 4
    September 19, 2016 — Section 203 (c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act provides for a class of immigrants known as "diversity immigrants," from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United St
  • Unprecedented backlog at EB-1 level for China and Mexico
    July 22, 2016 — Be aware that August 2016 now has a backlog for immigrant numbers at the EB-1 level for China and India.
  • June 2016 Visa Bulletin
    June 22, 2016 — June 2016 visa bulletin has arrived.  Please check your priority date.  
  • Summer Travel Planning for Foreign Nationals
    June 22, 2016 — If you are a foreign national planning to travel abroad this summer, now is the time to make sure you are prepared, from an immigration perspective, to depart and reenter the United States.
  • October 2015 Visa Bulletin
    October 13, 2015 — Check your I-140 priority date.  It might be time for you to file your I-485, Adjustment of Status to Permanent Resident.  
  • DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependents
    February 24, 2015 — WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States

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