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Handling In-house Immigration Work

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.

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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/


Student Spotlight Series: Adena Anderson—Student Office Assistant, Human Resources

Adena Anderson is a third year student here at Michigan Tech who is currently majoring in Math with a concentration in Secondary Education. She is currently working for the school this summer in the Human Resources department as a Student Office Assistant where she is presented with a variety of work.

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A typical day for Adena starts by checking on the office to-do boards and then going to help her co-workers with various jobs or tasks that they need done in the office. These can range from answering the telephones to helping another employees file paperwork. Adena also spends her time working on HuskyPAW. The HuskyPAW program provides incentives to employees who participate in wellness activities or programs and track their physical activity, participation, or nutrition. People can receive points for working out, eating healthy, and attending events. Adena keeps track of all of their points in a spreadsheet and sends out incentives/prizes when they reach certain levels.

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During the school year, Adena is very active around campus and participates in many intramural sports and clubs throughout the school. She currently plays intramural basketball, wallyball, volleyball, and hockey. On top of her IM sports, she also participates on the club softball team here at Michigan Tech. Outside of school, Adena plays for the Superior National Bank in the Copper Country Women’s Fast-pitch League. In her free time, Adena, along with her sister Rosalie, have started volunteering at the Houghton High school coaching the local softball team.