For immigration purposes, a non-resident alien is someone who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the US. All NRAs must secure US work authorization prior to being eligible to begin working in the US.
Please visit the USCIS website for more information.
Due to the complexity of U.S. immigration rules, as of December 2013, OSU encourages hiring units to refrain from engaging in discussions with NRAs about their U.S. work authorization, I-9 documents, work visas, etc. For additional information, visit the OIS webpage which contains an overview of hiring an international employee.
You can refer them to this general website about the visa categories used at OSU.
If candidates have questions about documentation for the I-9, refer them to the Office of Human Resources.
No, they do not. However, if your recruitment was for a tenure-track position with teaching duties and the selected candidate was a non-resident alien requiring U.S. work authorization, the candidate would need to meet all mandatory qualifications and preferred qualifications, as stated in the job posting, at the time of selection before we could proceed with the preferred method of filing for U.S. permanent residence (PR). This is important, since PR gives NRAs the ability to live and work permanently in the US. Filing a "special handling labor certification" with the Department of Labor allows OSU to pursue a route to employment-based PR that is unique to teaching positions in higher education that is not overly burdensome for the NRA nor the hiring department. For additional information, refer to these guidelines.
No. This only applies to a type of labor certification called Standard Handling through the Department of Labor. OSU rarely uses this type of labor certification.
There are a limited number of work visa categories in the U.S. immigration system. Please refer to the USCIS website for details. Visit this webpage to see a list of commonly used visa categories used by OSU and to learn about timelines and fees.
All H-1B, E-3 and permanent residence (I-140 form only) fees must be paid by the employer and may not be passed on to the employee. This Department of Labor requirement does not apply to fees associated with other visa types that allow for work authorization (e.g. TN, F-1 OPT, J-1, J-2 with an EAD).
No. A variety of factors determine eligibility for H-1B Specialty Occupation visa status, as outlined on the H-1B information page. It can be difficult to secure H-1B status for positions that do not require a specific specialized degree in a particular field, i.e. classified and professional faculty administrative jobs.
Yes, in most cases. Please consult with the Office of Human Resources for I-9 employment verification questions.
For immigration purposes, a non-resident alien is someone who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the US. All NRAs must secure U.S. work authorization prior to being eligible to begin working in the US.
Individual employees may not hire an immigration attorney to represent OSU. All employment-based permanent residence petitions that require a job offer, H-1B and E-3 petitions must be processed by the Office of International Services (OIS).
No, we cannot advise non-OSU employees, nor can we advise on personal immigration questions. However, we can offer general guidance about the types of work authorization we pursue for OSU employees. After a signed offer letter is returned to your hiring department, we will contact you with a questionnaire to gather information that will help us determine what type of work authorization we will pursue for you.