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Employment-Based Immigration Opportunities

Winthrop University is committed to attracting and retaining high quality and diverse faculty, staff, and administrators. Toward that end, the University strives to support a community of faculty, staff, and administrators who are also globally engaged and globally minded. In support of the University's commitment to diversity and global learning, the following information will assist in the hiring and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and administrators who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents

Winthrop University (via the International Center) will facilitate the administrative processes of obtaining authorization to work in the U.S. for those faculty and staff joining the University from other countries in the following immigration status:

  • H-1B Temporary Worker Immigration Status
  • TN Immigration Status

Winthrop University will consider sponsorship requests for employment-based permanent residency (PR) for faculty members whose positions are full-time, permanent in nature, and tenure-track (special circumstances may be considered).

TN Status

TN status is available only to citizens of Canada and Mexico for approved professions on the NAFTA list, which includes "college or university teachers."  For staff positions it depends on the particular job.  Both Canadian and Mexican citizens can be admitted to the U.S. in TN status in increments of up to 3 years. Extensions of stay may also be granted in increments of up to 3 years. Once hired, the TN status is applied for by the "college or university teacher" at the U.S./Canadian border or U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

Winthrop University's TN status sponsorship policy can be found in Winthrop's Policy Repository. The International Center can provide assistance and guidance on TN status in our information packet, including qualifying requirements, application process, and dependents.  


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