Purpose and Scope:
Coordinate and file Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR) casework for international faculty and scholars at the university. Manage employment-based immigration casework for contracted UT system schools. Work closely with academic departments to support employment strategies of international faculty and scholars. Ensure university’s compliance with federal regulations and keep detailed records of all processes.
Essential Job Functions:
File O-1 and Lawful Permanent Residency petitions on behalf of The University of Texas at Austin. Interpret and advise on complex U.S. immigration laws, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to international faculty and scholars supported by UT Austin and contracted UT system schools.
Work closely with academic departments to support the employment strategies of their international faculty & scholars both prior to hiring, & during employment. Manage immigration caseload for contracted UT System schools. Work with school’s point of contact to determine filing strategy, advise international faculty & scholars on immigration status, & file employment petitions (H-1B, O-1, Lawful Permanent Residency, & other employment-based petitions)
Ensure federal immigration compliance through understanding of & adherence to all applicable federal visa & labor regulations, as well as, university policy. Maintain detailed & organized files on all casework. Ensure consistency & accuracy of data in administrative databases including, but not limited to, creation of new immigration files, timely updates of data in the system, & note taking. Ensure timely & accurate filing of all required documentation for employment petitions.
Communicate with federal agencies to ensure timely response and compliance with all requests, requirements, and regulations. Research, respond, and resolve issues affecting ISSS service delivery in assigned area of responsibility; develop and present recommendations to improve effectiveness and efficiency of the unit.
Work closely and collaboratively with scholar section colleagues to ensure consistent protocol related to employment-based immigration policies and procedures. Actively participate in the development, maintenance, and growth of team expertise in the laws and regulations governing international faculty and scholars.
Inform and advise university administrators about university policies and procedures that ensure ongoing compliance with immigration regulations. Work closely with ISSS leadership, as needed, to ensure proper understanding and application of immigration regulations and university policies, taking appropriate initiative and exercising discretion within the scope of assigned duties.
Departmental Support & Outreach: Serve as a resource and proactively reach out to academic departments to support international faculty and scholars. Work collaboratively with ISSS colleagues on the development of training workshops and informational sessions on issues pertaining to international faculty and scholars. Plan, develop, and conduct programming to educate international faculty and scholars and the university community on the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures governing these individuals.
Support of ISSS functions: Actively support the critical priorities and functions of ISSS and the International Office, serve on internal committees, and participate in work groups to support the mission of the unit.