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Hiring or Sponsoring a Non-Immigrant
 
 
The OIS assists with the immigration needs of all visitors (non-US citizens).  This includes visiting scholars/researchers and instructional staff.  

***PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT OIS IF YOU HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS AFTER REVIEWING THE INFORMATION BELOW.***

THE BASICS
The most common visa categories you will come across are as follows:
F-1 (receives an I-20)- The vast majority of full-time students enrolled in a degree program will be F-1 students.  Non-immigrant F-1 students who have graduated from a school in the US may apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), which grants them work authroization in order to gain experience in the field of their newly acquired degree.
J-1 (receives a DS-2019)- There are many different categories, depending on the visitor's purpose while at Fordham.  The most common categories are student, non-degree student, research scholar, short-term scholar and professor.
H-1B (receives an approval notice)- Grants work authorization for non-immigrant workers in a specialty occupation.  These are issued by USCIS and are employer specific.  Therefore, Fordham must submit a petition and receive approval in order for the non-immigrant to be able to work at Fordham.
TN- Grants work authorization for Canadian citizens in designated professions (see Appendix 1603.D.1 of Annex 1603 of the NAFTA for a list of professions).
O-1 (receives an approval notice)- Grants work authorization based on non-immigrants of "extraordinary ability."  These are issued by USCIS and are employer specific.  Fordham must submit a petition and receive approval in order for the non-immigrant to be able to work at Fordham.  These are handled by The Office of Legal Counsel.
R-1 (receives an approval notice)- For persons seeking to enter the U.S. to work in a religious capacity.

Far less common are the following:
L-1 (receives an approval notice)- These are issued by USCIS and are employer specific.  Grants work authorization for those employed by a company and who will be employed by a branch, parent, affiliate, or subsidary of that same employer in the U.S.
A- Diplomats and foreign government officials traveling to the United States on behalf of their national government to engage solely in official activities for that government.
G- Issued only to employees (and their dependents and spouses) of a designated international organization, and NATO.

ASSISTANCE DETERMINING THE PROPER CATEGORY FOR NON-IMMIGRANTS
Outlining the visitor's purpose while here at Fordham University will help the OIS to determine the most appropriate visa category for the foreign national.  Please review the information below for general guidance on which category your visitor may fall into.

WHAT WILL THE NON-IMMIGRANT'S PURPOSE BE WHILE VISITING FORDHAM?

To Conduct Research as a Student   To Conduct Research - Other   To Work




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