Immigration Update: March 14, 2017
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will be suspending expedited processing of H-1B applications starting April 3, 2017. The University uses H-1B status for its highly-skilled international employees and typically requests expedited processing for spring faculty hires in order to ensure availability for fall term. The freeze on expedited processing could delay the start date of international hires with start dates in Fall 2017. We are writing to provide timelines and resource information regarding potentially affected open faculty recruitments:
Open Searches Nearing Completion
International Employment Specialist Jennifer Doreen in Human Resources is currently reaching out to departments with open faculty recruitments that could be impacted by the freeze. We may be able to file expedited H-1B applications for successful international finalists following an accepted offer before the freeze takes effect. We anticipate that H-1B filings would need to be submitted by departments no later than March 20 in order to avoid delay of fall starts.
The biggest impact of the freeze will likely be on positions with a Fall 2017 start date which have not yet been opened for recruitment or which are early in the recruitment process. If an international candidate is hired into such positions, the UO may not be able to ensure the start date. We encourage departments with positions with fall start dates to contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to issuing unofficial offers of employment and to develop contingency and business continuity plans in case the employee is unable to start in Fall 2017. Additionally, if you have questions or concerns about current or future searches, please contact Jennifer.
Current H-1B Employees
The freeze could also affect current H-1B employees that need to extend their H-1B status. The freeze may make these employees ineligible to travel outside of the U.S. and could create a gap in employment eligibility during Fall 2017. International Scholar Advisor Kate Comiskey in International Affairs has been contacting hiring managers of departments with current H-1B employees that may be impacted by the freeze, in an effort to file expedite requests before the freeze goes into effect. If you have questions or concerns about current employees, please contact Kate at email@example.com.
Please note it is inappropriate to inquire about candidates’ immigration status during the selection process or to consider candidate disclosures of need for sponsorship when making selection decisions. If candidates have disclosed their status and have asked about the university’s sponsorship practices, please refer them directly to Jennifer or Kate.
If you have any questions or concerns about the H-1B expedited processing freeze and its potential impact on your employees, feel free to contact Jennifer and Kate as indicated above.
Talent acquisition is dedicated to facilitating the University’s access to a globally mobile workforce.
Hiring Non-US-Citizens to Work at the University of Oregon:
Hiring a non-US citizen can be complicated and regulatory compliance is essential. Please allow the Talent Acquisition staff to guide you through the process.
We recommend consulting the International Employment Specialist prior to bringing candidates to campus for interviews to ensure search processes and timelines meet requirements for hiring non-US citizens, but we are happy to provide assistance at every stage of the search process.
Assistance in the following areas is available:
- Developing your search to maximize your ability to attract and sponsor international candidates
- Liaise with candidates regarding common issues of concern for international employees
- Liaise with University administrative units to facilitate on-boarding and employment processes for international employees
- Sponsorship for employment-based immigration statuses (e.g. H-1B, TN) and permanent residency
Employees Working Outside the US:
Placing a University employee outside the US is extremely complicated and compliance with both the US’s and the host-county’s requirements is essential for the protection of the employee and the University. Regardless of the duration of the assignment, work performed overseas can present a range of legal, financial, safety, and logistical considerations that create complications and add expenses. Please allow the Talent Acquisition staff to guide you through the process.
We recommend consulting the International Employment Specialist at least 3 months prior to the desired start date for the work abroad, but we are happy to provide assistance at every stage of the process.
Talent Acquisition Contact
Jennifer Doreen, International Employment Specialist, 541-346-2638, firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail)