International & Immigration Issues
U-M attracts students, scholars, staff and faculty from around the world - and it is important that we comply with all the necessary immigration laws and processes, both to protect the safety and security of the United States, and to ensure the best people from around the globe are able to come to U-M, lawfully and with minimum inconvenience. It is also critical that we comply with other laws relevant to international personnel and collaboration: including export control laws, anti-terrorism laws, and the laws of other countries (including entry or visa requirements) when U-M personnel travel overseas.
Responsibilities for international and immigration compliance
- All faculty, staff, students and visitors coming from overseas to U-M are responsible for obtaining any visas and permits required, and maintaining legal immigration status at all times while in the United States; and for complying with U.S. laws and U-M policies related to export controls when returning to their home country.
- All faculty, staff and students travelling from U-M to work, research or study in a foreign country are responsible for obtaining any visas or permits required to visit that foreign country, maintaining legal immigration status while in that country, and complying with all the laws of that foreign country while there; as well as complying with U.S. laws and U-M policies relevant to travel (including export controls).
- The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Student Affairs are jointly responsible for the University's compliance with laws relating to student immigration.
- The Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs are jointly responsible for the University's compliance with laws relating to staff, faculty and visiting scholar immigration - each in their respective areas of executive management.
- The International Center (within the Division of Student Affairs) is operationally responsible for compliance with immigration laws across U-M, including by processing documentation for U.S. visas required to work or study at U-M, implementing the University's SEVIS compliance procedures, and providing education and training for the U-M community.
- University Human Resources operationally supports compliance with immigration laws relating to staff and faculty.
- The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Rackham Graduate School operationally support compliance with immigration laws relating to students, and process immigration documentation for the students they admit. The International Center processes immigration documentation for students admitted in all other schools and colleges.
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