Postdoctoral scholars invited to immigration update session Aug. 12

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, in collaboration with International Student and Scholar Services and the Office of Employee Immigration Services, will host an online information session on Wednesday, Aug. 12, for Vanderbilt’s postdoctoral scholars to learn more about recent updates to immigration policies.

The online meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. CT. Please RSVP to receive log-in credentials.

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on immigration policies and processes worldwide. In order to contain the spread of the virus, the United States has implemented various travel restrictions and bans on certain immigrant and non-immigrant visas.

Additionally, many government offices, including U.S. consulates abroad, have experienced closures and/or limited operations since March, which continue to complicate international travel and visa applications. These topics and more will be covered in the information session.

Participating in the online information meeting for the postdoctoral community will be Faith Bishop, interim program manager, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs; Annette Burris, associate director for International Student and Scholar Services; Sally Parker, interim director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs; and Jennifer Rauch, program manager, Office of Employee Immigration Services.

Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente have made clear Vanderbilt’s strong advocacy for the university’s international faculty, students and staff in a message to the Vanderbilt community.

To ensure that as many questions as possible are answered during the session, please submit them for the team to in advance of the webinar, preferably by 9 a.m. on Aug. 12.