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Policy on Employment of Non-U.S. Citizens

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville complies with all federal and state laws and regulations in its employment of non-U.S. citizens. Although all non-U.S. citizens with appropriate employment-authorization documentation are eligible for employment by SIUE, faculty employees are the only category of employees that SIUE sponsors in petitions or applications before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for employment-based benefits.

As a sponsor, SIUE will incur only those employer costs mandated by the USCIS and/or DOL to petition for H1B non-immigrant status on behalf of non-citizen faculty employees and to petition for permanent resident status on behalf of tenure-track faculty employees. If a faculty employee has an independent basis of employment-authorization, or is eligible to petition USCIS for such a benefit, SIUE will only sponsor such an employee after the employee has exercised and exhausted that independent basis of employment-authorization.

Additionally, SIUE will assist the dependents of sponsored faculty employees to secure immigration benefits, but all costs for such benefits will be the responsibility of the dependent beneficiary.

Exceptions to the above policy shall only be granted by the appropriate Vice Chancellor, in consultation with the Provost, Director of Human Resources, and the Office of General Counsel, based upon a review of the employment position to be filled, available resources, and the current staffing needs of SIUE.

The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, or designee, is the only individual authorized to sign immigration related petitions and letters on behalf of SIUE. Legal services associated with the filing of any immigration petition on behalf of SIUE shall be the responsibility of the Office of General Counsel and coordinated by the Assistant to the Provost for Policy and Communication.

Questions concerning implementation and interpretation of this policy should be directed to the Office of General Counsel or the Office of the Provost.

Revised Immigration Policy approved by Chancellor's Council: April, 2008

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