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Launch of Phase 2 of the ISSS Portal

Sent: December 7, 2023 8:24 am

Dear Colleagues,

We hope this message finds you well. Following up on our communication from October 30th, we are delighted to announce the official launch of Phase 2 of the ISSS Portal! This expansion includes Pre-Review and H-1B requests, following the successful rollout of J-1 Exchange Visitor requests last year. Stakeholder input obtained as part of the pilot has been instrumental in refining the system to ensure its effectiveness.

As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, we re-envisioned the process, with the electronic posting of notice for UNC worksite locations being just one example. This collaborative effort with OHR aims to boost efficiency and compliance.  Additionally, we are introducing the OVPGA Policy on Sponsorship for Postdoctoral Research Associates. While the policy document is new, the outlined practices have been in effect for some time. It’s important to emphasize that, following the guidelines of the OVPGA Policy on Sponsorship for Postdoctoral Research Associates, all foreign nationals requiring university-sponsored work authorization for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position/appointment must be invited in J-1 Exchange Visitor status, unless they meet specific exceptions.

For your convenience, we have created training videos to guide you through submitting Pre-Review and H-1B requests. Please take a moment to watch these videos before initiating your request. You can access the trainings here:


Once inside the ISSS Portal, you can initiate Pre-Review and H-1B Update Reporting requests for submission to ISSS. Supplementary resources can be found within the ISSS Portal under Hosting Unit Services – ISSS Portal Resources.


Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please feel free to reach out to ISSS via email at or by phone at 919-962-5661.


Thank you for your attention, and we look forward to your continued collaboration in making the ISSS Portal a valuable resource for all.





Ioana Costant


International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Room 2004 FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St., CB # 5240

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

T: 919.962.5661 F: 919.962.4282

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