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 pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2021, we have joined the Office of International Services (OIS) in using the GlobalHome online immigration portal! This means that 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/unit contacts can find instructions on how to access the portal in the  Department HR User QuickStart Guide. Existing employees should follow the instructions in the Current NC State Employee QuickStart Guide to gain access to the system, and a new employee should follow the instructions in the New Hire QuickStart Guide


I-9 Center: employees can complete Section 2 of the I-9 form in-person with an NC State employee at our I-9 Center located in the UHR Administrative Services II building, 2711 Sullivan Drive, 2nd Floor reception area. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm; walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is needed. 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 the training plan (Form I-983) with certain NC State (as the employer) information pre-filled in Section 3, and click here for detailed instructions on how to complete this form. 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 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 STEM OPT regulations. General instructions for completion of the entire training plan can be found here.