What We Do

International Employment (IE) assists campus to successfully employ and retain foreign national employees needing employment sponsorship on a temporary or permanent basis. IE stays current with relevant U.S. Citizenship and Immigrant Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, and Department of State regulations and policies, and provides education to the university community to facilitate understanding and compliance. 


New electronic immigration case management system: IE is please to announce that effect July 1, 2021, we have joined the Office of International Services (OIS) in using the GlobalHome online immigration portal! This means that on and after July 1, all nonimmigrant cases (H-1B, E-3, O-1 and TN) must be initiated through the GlobalHome portal. This is an electronic system that will allow units and sponsored employees to complete and submit forms online, and also to securely upload required supporting documentation or additional information. Department contacts can find instructions on how to access the portal here; and foreign national employees can find instructions on how to log in here.


New I-9 Center: employees are able to complete Section 2 of the I-9 form in-person with an NC State employee at our new temporary I-9 Center located in the UHR Administrative Services II building, 2711 Sullivan Drive, in Room 101. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm; walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is needed. Safety protocols are in place including the optional use of masks, plexiglass dividers, social distancing between stations, sanitizing wipes, and optional gloves. For more information or questions, please email i9questions@ncsu.edu.


International Employment Staff Directory

Important STEM OPT Training Plan Information!

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published rules (March 2016) regarding the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension benefit for F-1 students. This new rule took effect on May 10, 2016 for all applications submitted to USCIS on or after that date. Under the rule, employers are required to complete a Training Plan (Form I-983) at the start of the employment card application process to establish expected outcomes and learning objectives during the training program.

Click here to access a brief Powerpoint summary with audio to explain the rule and process at NC State when we are the employer. Click here to access the training plan (Form I-983) with certain NC State (as the employer) information pre-filled in Section 3. Every STEM OPT training plan at NC State MUST be signed by the student, the supervisor and International Employment! Please note that it could take International Employment up to five (5) business days to review and sign Form I-983.  All sponsoring supervisors and departments/units should review our employer obligations at https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/employers-stem-opt-reporting-requirements, and should contact IE immediately if there are ANY changes to the training plan or employment opportunity. Please note that unpaid internships and/or volunteer work are NOT permitted under the new STEM OPT regulations. General instructions for completion of the entire training plan can be found at https://www.ice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Document/2016/i983Instructions.pdf.