WSU Departments and Staff
Resources from The Office of International Programs
The Office of International Programs works closely with the campus community to serve international students, scholars, and faculty at WSU.
Advisors and a Faculty Immigration Specialist are available to answer questions departments may have about complex immigration regulations that pertain to international students, scholars and faculty at WSU.
Global Services is also dedicated to promoting intercultural understanding and awareness of the needs and perspectives of international students, scholars and faculty at WSU.
Responsibilities of Global Services
Global Services has primary responsibility for ensuring that the University is in compliance with all SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) reporting requirements, which is an eligibility requirement for federal grant applications.
Global Services contributes to a world-class environment in research and scholarship by facilitating the admission of international students, hiring of permanent and temporary teaching and research faculty, and hosting of visiting scholars from around the world.
- Providing information for incoming students such as visa application processing times and procedures, and documents needed for reentry to the U.S. after temporary absences abroad.
- Providing orientation and immigration information to all students, visiting scholars, and international faculty.
- Providing the paperwork and hosting guidelines to bring visiting scholars to engage in collaborative research
- Providing training on federal and state guidelines for hiring international faculty in temporary and permanent positions.
- Facilitating the interaction between US and international populations through programs such as the Global Bridge Program and Friends and Family.
- Collaborating with the International Center to host the International Coffee Hour and Coordinate the International Peer Mentor Program.
- Providing intercultural training to departments and groups to better understand the needs and perspectives of international populations.
- Working closely with Admissions, the Graduate School , Urban Campus Advisors, and academic departments to ensure accurate and timely SEVIS reporting.
Notify IP-GS when there is a change (changes) in an international employee’s employment terms and conditions at WSU
H-1B, J-1, TN and E-3 are employer and employment specific. Any change(s) in employer and employment for non-immigrant workers in these visa categories needs to be submitted to IP-GS as further immigration procedures may need to be initiated to maintain their lawful immigration status in the U.S. Failure to do so may result in violation of immigration status and not being eligible for immigration benefits, e.g. change of status, extension, transfer, or employment eligibility. When an H-1B employee is terminated prior to the H-1B expiration date on the approval notice, DOL might consider an employer to continue to be liable under the terms and conditions of the LCA that supported the H-1B petition, including liability for payment of wages, unless the employer actually notified USCIS about the employment termination.
USCIS holds a non-immigrant responsible to maintain their lawful immigration status in the U.S., therefore it is very important for an international employee in these visa categories to timely seek advice and assistance from proper resources as it is their personal responsibility to maintain their legal status in the U.S.
Please notify immediately IP-GS when there is a change (changes) in an international employee’s (H-1B, J-1, TN, or E-3) employment at WSU by sending Jody White an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The changes include but are not limited to:
- Obtained a U.S. permanent resident (green card) card
- Transfer to another WSU department
- Change of work-site or adding a different work-site
- Change of job title (for example: from Research Associate to Assistant Research Professor)
- Change of position (for example: from post-doctoral temporary position to permanent tenure-track position)
- Change of job duties (for example: adding teaching duties to a researcher position)
- Change of salary as it may be related to changes in employment terms and conditions
- Change from full-time to part-time or change from part-time to full-time appointment
Rob Casselman, International Scholar Advisor
Jan Keiser, Immigration Compliance Specialist
Jody White, International Program Specialist