The University of Washington has a long tradition of hosting faculty and other academic personnel from around the world. These individuals are collectively referred to as “international scholars.” They engage in a variety of teaching and research activities but are not enrolled at the UW, nor are they enrolled students overseas. International scholars hold a UW appointment and generally require a temporary, non-immigrant visa to enter the U.S.
By facilitating and monitoring immigration compliance within a complex and ever-changing regulatory environment, and by providing timely and accurate guidance, International Scholars Operations (ISO) enables the University of Washington to recruit and retain international scholars in support of the institution’s teaching and research mission.
The menu items listed on the right side of this page provide comprehensive information on visa sponsorship procedures and relevant nonimmigrant categories. For questions about visas, including relevant academic appointments, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus departments that sponsor international scholars for visas undertake several obligations. These include:
- assigning the international scholar a UW appointment title that is appropriate for the intended activity,
- documenting that the scholar is fully qualified to participate in the proposed activity,
- completing visa sponsorship paperwork (UW J and UW H Visa Request Forms),
- advising the scholar, before and after arrival in Seattle, of the services and facilities (e.g., housing, insurance, office or lab space) available, and
- emailing email@example.com in advance of changes in the scholar’s start or end date, financial support, appointment title, percent of FTE, worksite location and the like.
If you are an international scholar who is currently, or will soon be at the University of Washington, go to the Reference Guides for International Scholars page for further visa information.
If you are a student at a foreign university who hopes to perform an internship at the University, see the VISIT Program website. If you are a potential, new, or continuing international student at the University of Washington, please see the International Student Services website.
News and Announcements
Travel Advisories and Presidential Executive Orders
International Scholars Operations is closely following developments surrounding the Executive Orders and Proclamations issued by the President and the impact they may have on our international community at the UW. We are advising anyone who was born in or holds citizenship from one of the currently affected countries (Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen) to check with the ISO Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) before traveling internationally. In addition, scholars from countries previously affected (Iraq and Sudan) may also want to check with our office before international travel. More detailed information is available on our Travel Advisory page, which will continue to be updated as the situation develops. In addition, please check the Office of Global Affairs website for other important information related to international travel for US Citizens and others. ISO and the University of Washington remain committed to providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment that protects the privacy and human rights of our community, including all of our international scholars.
Phone Scam Alert
Several scholars have reported receiving fraudulent phone calls from people purporting to be government agents (USCIS, IRS, etc. etc.) asking for money. Please advise your scholars that U.S. government agencies will never call them directly to ask for money or personal information. Such calls should be ignored or reported to authorities. For more information on common immigration scams and how to report, please see http://www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams/common-scams and http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Repeats-Warning-about-Phone-Scams.
“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”