International Scholar Services

International Scholar Services supports the immigration needs of

  • Purdue's international faculty, staff, postdocs and scholars at our West Lafayette campus
  • Purdue Northwest's international faculty at our northwest (Hammond and Westville) campuses

International Scholar Services encompasses two units: International Scholar Services (immigration counseling), and Purdue International Scholar Assistance (PISA) (administrative support).

Our customers and partners include

  • Current and incoming international faculty, staff, postdocs and scholars, and their accompanying family
  • Their hosts and supervisors
  • Their academic or administrative units
  • Stakeholder offices on campus whose responsibilities intersect with our immigration services, including but not limited to
    • International Student Services
    • Compensation
    • Talent Acquisition
    • Office of Institutional Equity
    • Office of the Provost
  • Partner offices on campus whose responsibilities include the same international population we support
    • Dual Careers
    • Business Offices
    • Export Control Office

The International Scholar Services team 

International Scholar Services' responsibilities include

  • All aspects of employment-based immigration paperwork requiring Purdue's sponsorship, including
    • J-1 exchange visitors
    • H-1B, E-3, O-1, TN work authorizing visa status
    • EB-2 and EB-3 permanent residence for most of our faculty and staff
    • EB-1B permanent residence for outstanding professors and researchers
    • EB-2 National Interest Waivers for qualifying research staff and research faculty
  • Verifying, tracking, and submitting visa status notifications through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), as required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Developing both short-term and long-term immigration strategies for our international faculty, staff, postdocs and scholars, that meet their and their host department's needs
  • Supporting our international faculty, staff, postdocs and scholars; their host departments; and our partner offices across campus in understanding the changing and turbulent US immigration environment
  • Answering direct questions about sponsored immigration visa status
  • Reminding our international customers and host units about regulatory or other obligations
  • Assisting in efforts to ensure our international population maintains their visa status as needed throughout their stay with Purdue
  • Providing resources and information about the immigration rules that impact employment, research and travel
  • Facilitating presentations and other events on immigration topics

The Purdue International Scholar Assistance (PISA) team

We are in the process of establishing and launching the Purdue International Scholar Assistance (PISA) team!

Beginning July 2023, PISA will serve as administrative liaisons for our international faculty, staff, postdocs, and scholars, and their hosts and hiring units. They will direct hosts and hiring units to the relevant business processes and policies, facilitate the administrative and paperwork processes needed to initiate, maintain or conclude immigration services, and provide outreach and support to our international population and the individuals employing and collaborating with them. 

Stay tuned for more information!