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Hiring International Faculty & Staff

Office of International Programs
Division of Equity, Diversity, and Global Outreach

The Office of International Programs is responsible for securing U.S. work authorization for all international employees at North Dakota State University.

Please be certain to contact the Office of International Programs as soon as possible in the hiring process to ensure that appropriate work authorization is obtained in a timely fashion.

Please note:  It is crucial that the international person wait at least 10 business days following entry to the United States before applying for a U.S. Social Security Number.


  1. NDSU Departmental representative contacts Assistant Director of Faculty Immigration to discuss available nonimmigrant status (visa) options.

  2. Department works closely with faculty immigration staff to obtain appropriate immigration documents for desired nonimmigrant status.

  3. If the perspective employee is already inside the U.S., sponsorship for legal work authorization is transferred to NDSU upon approval from U.S. Immigration.

  4. If outside the United States, the international person normally presents the approved immigration documents at a U.S. Consulate to apply for a visa to enter the U.S.

  5. Upon arrival at NDSU, the international person meets with the Assistant Director of Faculty Immigration to verify that all immigration documents have been marked correctly by: 1) The U.S. Consular official, 2) The immigration officer at the port of entry to the U.S.

  6. International employee provides NDSU Payroll Office copies of immigration documents to begin legal employment.

    : It is critical that persons outside the United States wait to apply for a U.S. Social Security Number until 10 business days have passed since they entered the U.S.

General Information

Please click here to find general information on the topics of nonimmigrant status, immigrant status (Green Card) and visas.

VISA reference chart

Please click here for more information on various visa statuses, including: H-1B Specialty Occupation, J-1 Exchange Visitor, F-1 international student with Optional Practical Training (OPT), and TN Trade NAFTA visas.

Contact Information

Deborah Maertens
Assistant Director of Faculty Immigration
Phone: (701) 231-7895
Fax: (701) 231-1014

Office of International Programs
Memorial Union 116
Dept 2040 - P.O. Box 6050,  Fargo, ND 58108   U.S.A.
Phone: +1.701.231.7895 Fax: +1.701.231.1014

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Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7895 - Fax: +1 (701) 231-1014
Campus address: Memorial Union 116
Physical/delivery address: 1401 Administration Ave / Memorial Union 116, Fargo, ND  58102
Page manager: International Student and Study Abroad Services

Last Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:19:32 AM