While there may be occasions when Harvard seeks to sponsor foreign nationals for employment, it is in the general public policy interest of the University to recruit from a domestic market for those positions that can be filled by individuals already authorized to work in the United States. However, Harvard has procedures in place to accommodate exceptions and allow H-1B sponsorship of positions (designated for specialty occupations), which the University has found difficult to fill.
If a Harvard department requests the exceptional use of the H-1B visa sponsorship, it will be asked to provide evidence of what efforts were made to recruit from a domestic market. This would normally include a serious recruitment effort on a national level, at the appropriate market.
The TN (trade visas for Canadians and Mexicans) is a temporary non-immigrant visa category that must be renewed each year and that requires the individual to have a permanent residence abroad. As such, these visas are not appropriate for permanent positions.
Additional information may be found at the Harvard International Office website.
Last updated: 11/15/2007