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OISS is a resource for bringing all international visitors to Michigan State University. In this section, you will find information about hiring an employee, inviting a scholar, and advising international students at MSU within the guidelines of the Department of Homeland Security.

This information is not meant to be legal or case-specific advice. Please contact OISS for specific individual case information.

The Appointment of International Faculty/Staff at MSU

The laws and regulations relative to the employment of internationals in the United States are too lengthy and complex to attempt to cover in detail. Basic information on MSU procedures and common non-immigrant visa types MSU uses are provided for general guidance. However, the Immigration Act of 1990 (IMMACT '90), the Miscellaneous & Technical Immigration and Naturalization Amendment of 1991 (MTINA) and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRAIRA '96) have changed procedures in hiring internationals and advice on individual cases should be sought from the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) during the recruitment process.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), signed into law on November 6, 1986, makes it unlawful to knowingly hire, recruit or refer for a fee an unauthorized alien or to continue to employ one who has become unauthorized to work. Michigan State University, as an employer, is required to verify an individual's work authorization and identity and to attest under penalty or perjury to such verification on Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. OISS is available to assist departments/schools or hiring units in complying with this law.

University appointments are subject to the Federal Government requirement that non-U.S. workers have valid status while employed by Michigan State University. However, department chairpersons/school directors are responsible for informing candidates of this provision. All letters offering positions to international visitors should include a phrase such as “offer is contingent upon approval of legal immigration status to accept this employment”.

Upon arrival at Michigan State University, newly appointed non-immigrant faculty and staff should report to the Office for International Students and Scholars with their passport, Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94) and any other immigration documents for verification of their status to complete a staff data sheet. At this time, they will also be able to complete Form I-9.

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