Sponsorship of Foreign Nationals

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.

TN Visas

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