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Non-Immigrant Visa Policy
The Office of International Services is charged by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as the primary source of information and sole source of immigration-related services for foreign nationals at Saint Louis University. In that capacity, it is the sole responsibility of the Office of International Services to:
Process all non-immigrant visas for students, medical residents, faculty or staff;
Act as the liaison on all issues of non-immigrant visas with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of State, the Department of Labor or Sponsoring Agencies;
Maintain the public records for non-immigrant visas; and
Comply with Department of Homeland Security and Department of State reporting requirements on all foreign nationals at Saint Louis University.
Therefore, all foreign nationals and departments at Saint Louis University are required to process all requests for and documentation related to non-immigrant visas through the staff of the Office of International Services.
Should the foreign national require the assistance of any agent(s) outside the University for processing immigration requests unrelated to employment, the foreign national must provide the Office of International Services with copies of any documents relating to or affecting his/her non-immigrant status within 30 days of processing by the agent. The Office of International Services will provide necessary documentation for immigration-related procedures to outside agents.
All individuals requesting a non-immigrant visa for study, research, employment, medical residency or training are required to provide the Office of International Services with the necessary documents no less than 90 days prior to the start or renewal of the requested study, research, employment, medical residency or training.
"Premium processing" (expedited) of H-1 and O-1 visas may be requested by any applicant or hiring department. Federal regulations permit payment by either the individual or the institution. If Premium Processing is requested, the hiring department or school will determine the party responsible for payment of the processing fee.
The Office of International Services does not assist with applications for permanent residency.