As Michigan Technological University continues to lead as an influential university, recruitment of exceptional professionals sometimes means bringing talent from outside the country. Hiring a foreign national employee differs significantly from hiring a U.S. citizen, as it requires Michigan Tech’s hiring department to obtain an employment-based visa before the individual can work in the United States.
Immigration and Visa Services assists by handling or co-counseling foreign faculty and staff in the areas of immigration, employment, relevant governmental regulations, and procedures. This area of Human Resources prepares and files normal and complex immigration petitions with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, monitors and updates expiration information and documentation regarding immigration status, and provides a high level of service to campus on a variety of immigration issues.
The University has immigration counsel on retainer for immigration support. However, with the in-house services provided by the Immigration and Visa Services Specialist, we are able to assist with the employment of foreign nationals. More specifically, TN visas, H1B visas; H1B portability; green card (EB-2) petitions, and other immigration related requests.
A combination of in-house immigration services with outside immigration counsel means significant savings on legal fees for the University and the employees as well as higher level of customer services for the departments, applicants, and employees. For the last three years, the savings in attorney’s fees have been between $30,000 and $35,000 annually. This is a cost effective, and efficient approach to handling immigration procedures for the University.
Immigration issues are a major concern for employees and potential employees and it can have a direct impact on our University’s recruitment and retention efforts. Having immigration counsel on retainer as well as the Immigration and Visa Services Specialist has had a positive impact for our Institution, faculty, staff and their families.
For more information on this and other immigration news, please visit the Immigration Services website at http://www.mtu.edu/hr/current/immigration/