WMU Department, Faculty and Staff Information

Sponsoring a work visa

Hiring a foreign national employee for faculty and staff positions is significantly different from hiring a citizen of the United States. Sponsoring a work visa is an employer-driven process and requires the involvement of the hiring department.

As a first step, contact Immigration Services to review options to obtain an employment-based visa. This must be done before an individual may lawfully work for Western Michigan University.

The process of obtaining these visas can vary significantly and advanced planning is needed; see the relevant application deadlines.

There are various options for employment-based visa categories suitable depending on the position, departmental objectives and citizenship of the prospective employee:

Departments must receive clearance from the WMU Export Control Committee through the Office of the Vice President for Research for all foreign national employees whose work or research may be regulated by export controls. Please contact the research office at research-compliance@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8293 for an export control decision. For more information, visit the Office of the Vice President for Research.