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. IE is also responsible for monitoring and auditing the I-9 and E-Verify processes and ensuring compliance with federal employment eligibility regulations.


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, 9 am-4 pm; walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is needed. The Center will be open at least through June 2021, and safety protocols are in place including the required use of masks, plexiglass dividers, social distancing between stations, sanitizing wipes, and optional gloves.


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 new 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.