Information for Departments
In general, ISSS recommends that non-employee individuals from abroad who will come to Temple to engage in research, lecture, etc. should enter the US as a J-1 Exchange Visitor. Our office has seen too many instances of individuals being turned away at the border when they try to enter with B-1/B-2 (Tourist) or WB/WT (Visa Waiver) status. Sharon Loughran assists with J-1 Scholars and H-1B Employees.
Students who will receive academic credit from their University abroad for research performed at Temple may be eligible for the J-1 Student Intern category as a J-1 Exchange Visitor. Joan McGinley can assist departments with this category.
Please see the summary of Research titles available at Temple University
ISSS does not determine job titles or salaries. We are the final stage in facilitating the appropriate visa classification once the department has determined these factors and a prospective employee has been identified.
For further information and assistance in determining appropriate position titles, position requirements and salaries for indivduals who will will hold any job title other than Post doctoral Fellow, Resident Physician/Fellow, Visiting Research Scholars or Faculty, contact the Office of Human Resources.
For information on Post Doctoral Fellows and Visiting Research Scholars, please contact Nina Campellone in the Graduate School at 1-6587 or email@example.com
For questions regarding Temple University Sponsorship of International Employees and Faculty for Legal Permanent Residence (green card), please contact Karen Ward (for Main Campus Positions) in Human Resources at 215-204-3317 or Katie Shannon (for Hospital Positions) in TUHS Human Resources at 215-707-3135. Please note that ISSS is unable to assist with the green card process.
If you cannot find what you are looking for on this web site, please feel free to contact our office by phone at (215) 204-7708.
Appointing a foreign national to a position at Temple University can be accomplished only if both federal regulations and the University's own policies permit it. There are many considerations affecting whether a specific foreign national may be hired for a specific position at the University. If a foreign national is eligible to be appointed to a specific position at Temple, the University will serve as "non-immigrant visa sponsor" and will issue forms, file petitions with the USCIS, or submit other documents and applications as appropriate to the visa type being arranged. Read more information about various non-immigrant employment classifications.
Hiring units should contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) as early in the hiring process as possible. Having the answers to the following questions will facilitate the immigration process:
- Is Foreign National currently in the United States? If yes, is Foreign National already employed by Temple University? If so, what is the foreign national's current job title?
- Type of position you wish to offer? If Faculty, is it a Tenure Track position?
- Minimum Degree Requirement for position?
- Minimum number of years of experience required?
- Term of initial Temple appointment?
- Expected starting date of appointment?
- Foreign national's country of citizenship?
- Has the potential employee applied for Permanent Residence (Green card)?
- Does the foreign national plan to travel abroad at any time in the near future? (This will affect both visa timing and procedure)