The University of Illinois at Chicago, through the Office of International Services (OIS), provides assistance in obtaining both employment-based non-immigrant (H-1B, TN, etc.) and immigrant (“green card”) visa categories for international faculty. Hiring units are urged to contact OIS prior to making an offer of employment. The potential employee is also responsible for contacting OIS directly to discuss their current immigration status.
It is important to address visa issues promptly in order to avoid situations where individuals cannot secure the necessary immigration documents in time to teach, conduct research, or fulfill other responsibilities because immigration status does not permit employment. Permanent resident status is necessary for permanent employees, since six years is the limit for non-immigrant status. If the prospective permanent employee does not have this status, a delay of approximately one to two years can be expected in obtaining the permanent residency, if it can be obtained at all.