Immigration Petitions: Legal and Financial Support Policy

  • Employment
Responsible Unit Office of Human Resources
Responsible Cabinet Member VP for Administration and Finance
Adoption Date Unavailable
Last Revision Date 2018-03-19
Last Review Date 2018-03-19

Policy Statement

Temporary Non-Immigration

Since immigration law requires the employer to petition on behalf of the employee for appropriate temporary non-immigration services (USCIS), it is the policy of the State University that such petitions be prepared on behalf of the University and paid for by the University including all necessary legal and filing fees. Legal services in connections with such petitions shall be performed only by attorneys retained by the University through the Office of University Counsel. This applies to all H-1b and TN visas.

Permanent Residency

Employees who apply for Permanent Residency may use the University’s attorney. The cost of the application for labor certification, including the cost of advertisements, will be paid for by the University. The employee pays for an employment-based immigrant petition; and the I-485 Adjustment of Status (AOS) or consular processing for an immigrant visa for the employee and the employee’s dependents.

In addition, the employee is responsible for the cost of all medical examinations, photographs, fingerprints, vaccinations, obtaining biographic documents and translations for the employee and the employee’s dependent; and travel costs to obtain a nonimmigrant or immigrant visa at a U.S. Consulate.


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Policy Procedures

Individuals who have been offered employment at the University and are in need of an H-1b or TN visa need to contact the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources. The Assistant Vice President for Human Resources’ designee will complete an Immigration Initiation Form and will forward the form to the University’s attorney, which will allow the individual to engage in discussions with said attorney.

Links to Related Procedures and Information

State University of New York Policy on Immigration Petitions, Legal and Financial Support

Contact Information

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History (in descending order)

Item Date Explanation
Next Review Date 2023-03-19 Five-year review
Revision Date 2018-03-19 Removed name of attorney as it is subject to change.
Revision Date 2017-01-06 Updated immigration attorney name and changed HR Director title to Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
Adoption Date Unavailable Policy Adopted


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