Hiring International Faculty and Staff
JMU encourages all departments to hire the best qualified faculty
and staff to fill open positions, without regard to the applicant's
immigration status, provided s/he is legally eligible for employment.
Federal law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of
national origin or citizenship status in the hiring, firing, and
recruitment of individuals [8 USC 1324b(a)(1)]. Federal law also
prohibits the hiring of an individual known to be an "unauthorized
alien" [(8 USC 1324a(a)], or to employ any person without complying
with certain requirements, commonly referred to as the I-9 requirements
[8 USC 1324a(b)].
While it is not always easy to reconcile the practical outcomes
of these two laws, the information contained in this section provides
guidelines for the recruitment, hiring and continued filling of
How the ISSS Can Assist in Your Search
ISSS provides services that may be helpful to you
and your employee while you navigate the waters of foreign employment.
We provide the following services:
- Advice to hiring supervisors and search committees. We would
be happy to speak with anyone with questions about hiring a foreign
national. We can present a pre-developed Power Point session or
answer specific questions;
- Advice to current and potential employees. Please do not attempt
to provide immigration information to your current or future employees.
As you are probably aware, the rules may not be the same today
as they were last week. It is our job and expertise to stay on
top of all changes and provide the best advice possible. Please
encourage employees to ask us.
- H-1B preparation. If you hire an employee who needs to obtain
an H-1B visa, please speak with us at least 3 weeks before the
start date. Generally, professional positions can be processed
in 15 days time (with a premium processing fee paid to the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Service,) but the employee may not
begin work until s/he has authority to do so.
- J-1 preparation. If you wish to hire a temporary professor or
research scholar, please contact us for completion of the paperwork.
- Completion of I-9's for the foreign national. If you hire a
person who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green
card holder), his/her I-9 must be completed by this office, no
later than the first day of hire.