For those faculty and staff who often invite and work with international scholars and students, below are some helpful resources and links.
Academic Approver Recommendation Procedures
All Academic Approver Recommendation forms are submitted to ISSA using ISSAlink. Once a student has completed a request form, the academic approver will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions on how to complete a recommendation. If you need assistance, please call 631-1138 or email email@example.com.
ISSAlink Services that Require an Academic Approver's Confirmation
- Program Extensions
- Reduced Course Load Requests
- Optional Practical Training
- Curricular Practical Training
- Academic Training (J-1 only)
Generally, the academic approver is confirming a student's eligibility for a benefit (like work authorization) or confirming the academic reason that a program extension or RCL is necessary.
If there is a specific individual within your department or program that should be assigned as the academic approver, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inviting Visiting Researchers to Campus
Academic departments or faculty members may wish to invite students or scholars from abroad to conduct research or participate in an internship at the University outside of a Notre Dame degree program. Please see the categories below for more information:
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS AND INTERNS
Undergraduate researchers invited to conduct research only (with no course enrollment) will likely receive an appointment as a research visitor from the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and be issued documentation to enter the United States in the J-1 Non-degree Student
Though they are undergraduate students at their home institution, they will not be classified as a student for University administrative purposes unless they are enrolled in a course; if they are not enrolled in coursework, student resources like on campus housing, University Health Services, and the Student Activities Office are not available to them. The research visitors will be required to establish non-Notre Dame health insurance and set up their own housing for the duration of their time at the University.
GUEST RESEARCHERS (NON-STUDENT/NON-FACULTY) AND POST-DOCTORAL SCHOLARS
Individuals who have completed at least a bachelor's degree in their home country and are invited to the University to conduct research only will likely receive an appointment from the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars.
Even if they are enrolled as a graduate student in their home institution, they will not be classified as a student for University administrative purposes unless they are enrolled in a course. If they are not enrolled in coursework, student resources like on campus housing, University Health Services, and the Student Activities Office are not available to them.
They will most likely enter the country as a J-1 Exchange Visitor, but their appointment type and program dates will be confirmed by the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars.
Seminars, Conferences and Workshops
Individuals who will travel to the University of Notre Dame for short periods of time (less than 90 days) to attend lectures, conferences or workshops may enter the United States using a B-1 Visitor Visa.
For immigration purposes, this category requires no formal documentation from the University of Notre Dame, although participants often carry letters issued by the initiating department that may provide a clear description of the purpose of their visit for officers at U.S. consulates and ports of entry.
Certain visitors to the University who will conduct their own independent research without supervision or oversight from Notre Dame faculty or staff members may also be eligible to use this category. ISSA advises those with questions to submit the Immigration Request Form for confirmation of the appropriate visa type.