**COVID-19 Immigration Services Update End of Page**
Case Western Reserve University welcomes all foreign nationals into our community and is prepared to help you begin or continue your career here. We are committed to providing the University community with comprehensive recruitment, hiring and employee retention information and services. This commitment extends to all employment matters, foreign and domestic.
The Office of Immigration and Human Resources Services (IHRS) facilitates immigrant/permanent resident status, is responsible for employment eligibility verification (I-9) and W-4 tax status confirmation, and determines whether to file tax treaty exemption forms with the Internal Revenue Service.
IHRS offers the following services:
- Prepare and retain relevant non-immigrant work status for our employees, including H-1B, E-3, TN and O-1 petitions
- Promote the global exchange of scholarship through the administration of our J-1 program
- Prepare sponsored permanent residency filings for employees and their immediate families
- Assist with international tax
- Facilitate international travel and visa issuance to ensure safe and expedient arrival on campus
- Facilitate the maintenance of work authorization through monitoring and coordination with Case Western Reserve University departments and employees
- Troubleshoot documentation issues our international community faces with DHS and DOS (i.e., I-94 and visa errors)
- Provide education on the overall pathway to sponsor an international employee from initial work authorization to lawful permanent resident status
We have received notification from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) that they will no longer be accepting petitions with premium processing. The Alert is below and the link to this information is at: https://www.uscis.gov/
At this time, USCIS Service Centers are still accepting petitions and applications under normal processing. In cases for change of nonimmigrant status or immigrant petitions with AC21 implications, normal processing could disrupt current employment authorization requiring removal from payroll while change of status is pending with USCIS. In cases where an approved I-140 is required for H-1B extensions beyond the 6 year maximum, employees may be required to change status to a visitor to remain in the U.S. or depart until I-140 is approved.