There are numerous nonimmigrant employment-based visa categories. In all cases, the foreign national must meet specific requirements related to the occupation and position they would hold at OU. Departments must work in consultation with HR International Faculty and Staff Services (IFSS) to complete the process for bringing a foreign national to OU.
Under no circumstances should the OU hiring department make any guarantee of sponsorship to a foreign worker for any immigration benefit. Because of the complexity of employment-based sponsorship, it is impossible for any employer to guarantee that its efforts to secure USCIS employment authorization will be successful.
Visa Types & Requirements
OU departments can review the visas available for different kinds of work on the IFSS Nonimmigrant Classification Reference Guide in the Documents section of this page and on the other pages in this website. After reviewing this information, departments should contact IFSS to determine the proper visa.
Required Timelines for Notifying IFSS
OU departments must notify IFSS as soon as possible when planning to bring a foreign national or continuing the authorization of current workers. Follow the notification timelines in the right columns of the IFSS Nonimmigrant Classification Reference Guide in the Documents section of this page. Failure to follow these notification timelines may result in the inability to authorize a new worker in time for their start date or to renew their authorization before their previous employment authorization ends.