Academic Affairs

International faculty - hiring those who need visa sponsorship (4/2/13)


Departments should contact the International Scholar Office (ISO)  immediately when planning to hire international scholars who will require visa sponsorship through UCSD.

Most such hires will require submission of H-1B petitions, which can take many months to be approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The earlier departments inform ISO of prospective international hires, the more likely it is that ISO will be able to secure their eligibility for employment at UC San Diego in a timely manner and smooth their transition to UC San Diego and the greater community.

If your department is planning a July 1 hire date for a prospective international faculty member, it should also plan to request the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service's Premium Processing service to guarantee a 15-calendar-day adjudication of the H-1B petition.  Although there is a $1,225 fee for the Premium Processing service, ISO recommends using this service for all H-1B hires to avoid potential issues with employment eligibility.

Additionally, departments need to inform ISO of all faculty hires for whom they intend to sponsor permanent residence, particularly if departments are allowing them to defer their hire dates, or if they have employment eligibility through an EAD card based on F-1 Optional Practical Training or a comparable sitution that does not require ISO support in sponsorship.  There is a limited window of opportunity for ISO to file the complicated documentation required for such hires, and if it learns about the need too late, the department may be forced to do another national search in order to sponsor its faculty member for permanent residence.

Questions about international faculty hires may be directed to Scholar Advisor Karla Macias at or to ISO Director Roark Miller at

Academic Affairs