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About the Office for Global Professionals and Scholars

The Mass General Brigham Office for Global Professionals and Scholars (GPS) provides immigration services for Mass General Brigham Institutions, enabling access to talented professionals from all over the world.

Logistical hurdles are common when traveling to the United States to conduct advanced studies, medical work, or research. The GPS website offers resources for scholars and professionals settling into their new personal and professional lives in the greater Boston area.

Mass General Brigham is a not-for-profit health care system committed to top quality, innovative patient care, research, teaching, and service to the local and global community. Our vision is to share those same values with those who wish to expand their professional, educational, or research experience by coming here from abroad.

It is our goal to ensure regulatory compliance for international researchers and professional staff participating in Mass General Brigham programs. By facilitating compliance, GPS enables visiting professionals to focus on their work and their cultural exchange in America.

Select services we offer 

  • Processing visa sponsorship requests for all nonimmigrant staff, scholar, and student visas (including J-1, J-2, H-1B, TN, E-3, and O-1 visas) 
  • Advising both the hiring department and the foreign national about initiating and extending visa status 
  • Providing an international orientation for newly arrived researchers, which includes information about travel, visa requirements, and adjusting to life in the United States 
  • Offering visa presentations for hospital administrators, international tax resources, and other relevant programs
  • Advising the Mass General Brigham community on travel requirements, changes to and extensions of visa categories, attorney referrals, and green cards 
  • Becoming a resource for visiting scholars/professionals to assist in their transition to work/life in Massachusetts