2,025: H-1B Visas

Revised: February 2015

Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at the University of Nevada, Reno provides expertise and guidance on the following nonimmigrant categories pertaining to international students, faculty, researchers, visiting professors, and medical residents:  F-1 (student), J-1 (student), J-1 (research scholars, professors, specialists, short-term scholars), H-1B (specialty occupations), TN (Trade NAFTA. To ensure quality control and compliance with federal regulations, departments and international faculty/researchers must procure their H-1B visas through the OISS.  

OISS is responsible for ensuring that the University is in compliance with its legal and ethical responsibilities affecting international faculty, and staff. OISS represents the University in all regulatory matters concerning nonimmigrant (temporary) as well as immigrant (permanent) visa status of international scholars and is exclusively authorized to represent the University in routine administrative filings with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and other relevant U.S. government agencies.

Only the Director of the OISS, attorneys approved by the University, and their delegates may sign University-sponsored nonimmigrant petitions and applications. Departments may not expend campus funds for nonimmigrant petitions or applications without the approval of OISS. Contracts with attorneys approved by the University must be processed in accordance with the university's signature authority and contract policies. 

University departments must follow appropriate campus guidelines and procedures as published on the OISS website, http://www.unr.edu/oiss. These procedures are applicable to all appointments with salary or other compensation, and certain non-salaried appointments, for international professors, researchers, or academic visitors. The hiring department must provide timely, accurate, and complete information to OISS and ensure that international scholars are hired in accordance with regulations by USCIS, other relevant U.S. government agencies, and University policy. Departments must maintain appropriate employment records that comply with applicable regulations and inform OISS of any material change in the scholar's employment status.

International scholars are responsible for complying with USCIS regulations and university policy as determined by their immigrant or nonimmigrant status.