Training & Workshops for Department Facilitators

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Overview 

SISS offers classes and training, frequently in conjunction with UC Davis Staff Development and Professional Services (SDPS), to help departments get through the process of hiring international scholars and working with international students. This is an opportunity for department contacts, especially those who are new, to learn how to invite international scholars to campus.

Please Note: These are not classes for visiting scholars who are interested in obtaining new or more long term visa types.


Hiring International Scholars Using the J-1 Visa 

This course covers U.S. immigration regulations and campus policy that govern hiring non-U.S. citizens using the J-1 visa, and how departments can work with Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) to facilitate international hires. Topics covered include determining the right visa and extending a person's J-1 status, and how to help international faculty/researchers in this complex process.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Know when a J-1 visa sponsorship is appropriate for nonimmigrant employees, and the general requirement of the J-1 visa
  • Understand the process necessary to work with SISS to apply for an initial J-1 visa
  • Understand the process necessary to work with SISS to apply for an extension of the J-1 stats
  • The comparative benefits of the J-1 visa
  • The most important restrictions and limitations of the J-1 visa
  • Special issues related to employment and travel

This SISS multimedia course is intended for staff who work in academic departments or research units that hire international faculty and researchers. It is intended for staff who are unable to attend the SDPS course, or who need a refresher course.

  • SISS Multimedia Course

International Scholar Services Certificate Series

Offered through UC Learning and Development, the goal of this series is to familiarize staff at both Davis and Sacramento basic immigration rules, regulations, forms, policies, and procedures involved in hosting and/or employing international (non-immigrant) scholars. 


Instructions for Requesting a Check in Kuali

  1. In the Payee Lookup drop down menu for the Kuali Disbursement Voucher, use “IMM” for “Immigration Visa Fee Processing" for the Payment Reason Code.
  2. Enter Vendor # 183156, click search.
  3. Click on the return value for the “US Department of Homeland Security.”  This will populate the addresses for the various service centers.  Click the appropriate city and state under “US Department of Homeland Security,” based on the type of petition you are requesting.  Please see the chart below.
  4. Check the “Special Handling” box and enter instructions for mailing the check to your department in the Notes and Attachments Box. Be sure to have the check sent to your department, to be delivered to SISS.  These checks should never be sent directly to US Department of Homeland Security.
  5. In the “Special Handling” tab place a period (.) in the field Address 1: (Do not fill out the rest of the fields)
  6. For questions regarding using the Kuali system, please contact the Kuali Help Desk at 530-752-3855.
  7. For questions regarding the type of immigration petition that will be filed, please contact an international scholar advisor at SISS (530-752-0864, extension 0).

When using the Kuali system, please match the type of request with the correct US Department of Homeland Security address below, based on the type of petition you will be filing.

Petition Type  Address to Select from Kuali Menu 
TN (Mexicans and Canadians Only) – new or extension US Department of Homeland Security
St. Albans, VT
TN (Mexicans and Canadians Only) – new or extension with premium processing US Department of Homeland Security
Laguna Niguel, CA
E-3 (Australians only) – new or extension US Department of Homeland Security
St. Albans, VT
H-1B (Specialty Occupations) – new or extension, with or without premium processing US Department of Homeland Security
Laguna Niguel, CA
O-1 (Extraordinary Ability) – new or extension, with or without premium processing US Department of Homeland Security
Laguna Niguel, CA
Permanent Residence (regular processing) US Department of Homeland Security
Lewisville, TX
Permanent Residence with premium processing US Department of Homeland Security
Lincoln, NE

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