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.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and five years of professional experience handling immigration casework. Solid and demonstrated experience filing H-1B, TN, O-1 and EB-1/EB-2 LPR cases with a focus on Outstanding Professor/Researcher and PERM (Basic and Special Handling). Effective problem solving skills and demonstrated ability to take initiative. Evidence of strong organizational abilities and the ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced, high-volume, environment. Excellent written communication and attention to details. Ability to be diplomatic, composed, and proactive in varied interactions. Exemplary cross-cultural communication skills with documented experience in public speaking and delivering presentations. Outstanding professional demeanor. Ability to work independently and as a team member. Commitment to high quality and efficient customer service to faculty, staff, and external partners.
Preferred Qualifications: Significant experience with advising international faculty and scholars on immigration regulations in a university context.
About International Office at University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States. Founded in 1883, the university has grown from a single building, eight teachers, two departments and 221 students to a 350-acre main campus with 21,000 faculty and staff, 16 colleges and schools and over 52,000 students.
The university’s reach goes far beyond the borders of the main campus with sa...tellite campuses and research centers across Texas, including the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, the Marine Science Institute, the McDonald Observatory, the Montopolis Research Center and the Brackenridge tract.
With an enrollment of 11,000 students and more than 3,500 master’s and doctor’s degrees awarded annually, the graduate school is a national leader in graduate degrees awarded and one of the largest graduate schools in the nation.
More than 8,700 bachelor’s degrees are awarded annually in more than 170 fields of study and 100 majors.
The university has one of the most diverse student populations in the country and is a national leader in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to minority students.