Employment Visa Sponsorship

Immigration Compliance Services

The Immigration Compliance Services (ICS) unit assists UF hiring departments in obtaining employment authorizations for international employees, ensuring compliance with employment and immigration laws. Employment authorizations include H, TN, O, and E-3 visa status. For F or J visa status, please visit the UF International Center.

Future or Current Employees

  • Sponsorship for employment authorization is based on departmental needs and initiated by UF hiring departments.
  • ICS is unable to provide any support or consultation on immigration matters for non-UF employees without support from the appropriate UF hiring department.
  • Must contact your department liaison for immigration inquiries, not Fragomen.

Considerations when Hiring an International Employee

Considerations include visa status, hiring dates, petition timelines, prevailing wage, and travel requirements.

Important Reminder

If the UF TempID was used in myUFL and in the E-Verify case, ensure both areas are updated with the employee’s Social Security Number.

  • To Update myUFL: Navigate to SSN Update Portal on Employee Records and Status Updates.
  • To Update E-Verify: Login to I-9 Management > Search for Employees > Enter their name and search > Select employee’s name > Select Change SSN > Edit SSN > Continue

Subject Matter Experts

For any questions or assistance, reach out to the following experts:

Initiating Your Case

The University of Florida has retained the law firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP to handle the university’s immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions. To initiate the process on behalf of employees, please click here.

Other Visa & Immigration Related Information

Department Responsibilities

Departments with non-immigrant employees have specific responsibilities:


USCIS rules provide a grace period of up to 60 days for certain visa categories:

  • H-1B, TN, E-3, or O-1 visa holders have a grace period of 60 days or until I-94 expiration, whichever is sooner.
  • During this grace period, the international employee can maintain non-immigrant status, seek other employment, change to another visa category, or prepare to leave the U.S.


Note: University of Florida policy does not permit private attorneys to submit immigration related petitions or applications on its behalf. University of Florida employees are not authorized to sign the Notice of Appearance as Attorney or Representative (Form G-28), which grants authority to an attorney to act on all aspects of immigration on behalf of the University; accordingly, University of Florida employees are prohibited from attempting to grant such permission. All applications and petitions associated with University of Florida sponsored nonimmigrant statuses must be submitted by ICS/HRS.