Status Assistance Policy
[Faculty Handbook Category #3]
values diversity among its faculty, as well as its students, it has adopted the
following policy concerning immigration status assistance to faculty members with
tenure‑track appointments and candidates for such positions.
1) If a non-resident alien wishes to accept an offer
of a tenure-track position, the prospective faculty member may request that the college make arrangements to
obtain H-1B non‑immigrant status for the prospective faculty member. If the college chooses to make such
arrangements, the college shall pay its legal fees involved in obtaining the
H-1B status for the non-resident alien.
Once H-1B status has been obtained for a
prospective tenure-track faculty member, and the faculty member has become
employed by the college, such faculty member may
subsequently request that the college make arrangements to extend his or her
H-1B status as needed. Such a request
should be made at least seven months in advance of the expiration of the
faculty member's current H-1B status. If
the college intends for the individual to remain a tenure‑track faculty
member and chooses to make the requested arrangements, the college shall pay
its legal fees incurred in the extension of status.
tenure-track faculty member has taught at the college for one semester, he or
she may request assistance from the
college in obtaining lawful permanent residence, i.e., a “green card.” In cooperation with the tenure-track faculty
member, the college will determine what process is appropriate for the
individual to obtain his or her green card.
The college and the tenure-track faculty member will cooperate in
obtaining any information and documentation requested throughout the green card
application process. The first step in
such process generally will be obtaining approved labor certification from the
Department of Labor. The college will
take primary responsibility for this step.
The tenure-track faculty member also may
request that the college provide assistance in the additional steps of filing a
permanent residence petition and applying for adjustment of status. The primary responsibility for these
additional steps lies with the faculty member.
individual making a request under this policy must disclose to the college at
the time of the request anything regarding the individual or his or her family
that may make any application or
process under this policy problematic or unusually expensive. In such instances, the college reserves the
right to deviate from this policy in whatever manner it deems appropriate.
The Dean of
the College, in consultation with the Affirmative Action Officer and the
Director of Human Resources, in his or her discretion, may agree to loan up to
$7,500 per tenure-track faculty member for attorneys’ fees incurred in the
green card application process. In such
cases, the affected faculty member shall pay any attorneys' fees incurred in
the green card application process over $7,500.
The faculty member bears responsibility for paying any Immigration and
Naturalization Service fees and any other related non-attorney's fees incurred
in the green card application process.
The faculty member or candidate must make reasonable efforts in
obtaining documentation and information requested throughout the H-1B petition
and green card application process to minimize attorney fees.
The amount of
legal fees up to $7,500 that are paid by the college is an interest-free loan
to the tenure-track faculty member. The
Loan Agreement will specify the terms and conditions of the loan, including a
provision whereby repayment of the loan will not be required in recognition of
the faculty member’s service to the college.
whether to provide assistance, the college will take into account all relevant
factors including, without limitation, the need for the candidate, the faculty
member's progress toward tenure, and the estimated expense to the college of
providing the desired assistance. If the
college agrees to assist the candidate or faculty member, the college may, in its discretion, discontinue its assistance
in the non-immigrant petition or green card application process at any time.