7.11.1 Role of the International Scholars Office

The International Scholars Office (ISchO) has been designated by the Institute to handle applications and information regarding immigration for foreign academic staff and sponsored research staff. The International Students Office offers similar services for international students.

The International Scholars Office is MIT’s liaison with immigration authorities. The ISchO is authorized by the U.S. Department of State to offer J-1 exchange visitor sponsorship in specific categories only. The ISchO is the only authorized petitioner to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visas. Such applications may not be filed by outside attorneys on behalf of MIT.

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