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Sponsoring International Faculty, Staff, and Scholars

When bringing foreign nationals to campus, it is strongly recommended for Tulane Departments to contact OISS as early in the process as possible. 

Information for departments wishing to sponsor employees in H-1B status:

For issues concerning H-1B and staff please contact Nancy Lauland at

H-1B temporary workers are defined under immigration law as foreign nationals working in a specialty occupation. Specialty occupations are those that “require theoretical and practical application of highly specialized knowledge obtained through a course of study that culminates with a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent”. The H-1B is based on an employer/employee relationship with wage requirements set by the US Department of Labor (DOL). Both the Job and the Worker must qualify under the H-1B regulations. (Refer to H-1B Introduction and Instructions to learn more.)

Required Filing Fees: (to be paid by the hiring department)

  • $460 Petition Fee: mandatory for all H-1B petitions (including extensions);
  • $500 Anti-Fraud Fee: mandatory in all new cases except H-1B extensions;

Optional Fees for the H-1B Visa:

$1225 Premium Processing Fee: if expedited processing is necessary, departments must pay the premium processing fee as part of the business expense of the H-1B petition.

The Department must not require the employee to pay, unless the reason is due to certain personal circumstances, such as traveling abroad for presentations or vacations.

Unless there is a clear benefit to the worker (distinct and separate from any benefit to the University), the Department must pay the $1225 fee.

I-539 Application fee for H-4 dependent application (to be paid by the employee): $370 (all family members are included); All checks should be made payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” and submitted directly to Tulane OISS.

J-1 Research, Short-Term Scholars and Professors: 

For assistance with J-1 questions, please contact Nancy Lauland at, or 865-5208.

Tulane J-1 Scholar Health Insurance Policy and Resources

Information for departments wishing to sponsor employees in TN status:

TN (Treaty NAFTA) employment status is available to Canadian and Mexican citizens. For questions about TN visas, please contact Nancy Lauland at

Can be obtained via travel (about $50 fee) or by filing an I-129 Petition with USCIS ($460.00 filing fee).

To assure there will be no delay in the start of the program, please submit the request and supporting documents to OISS at least six (6) weeks prior to the desired program start date. Please note that immigration regulations are subject to change and can vary depending on your particular case or situation. Always consult an OISS advisor for the most accurate information. OISS is here to help you and your visitors navigate the immigration process.