The VCU Global Education Office’s immigration services works with international students, scholars, faculty, researchers and their dependents to help them maintain their various visa statuses. We issue and process the necessary immigration documents and advise immigrants on the regulations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as well as the U.S. Department of Labor.
Immigration services currently advises students (F-1), scholars, researchers, visitors (J-1), temporary specialized employees (H-1B and TN) and their dependents.
Part-time H-1B employees
All VCU employees on part-time H-1B visas and their employing departments must keep exact, written documentation of the hours the H-1B employee has worked on a weekly basis.
The original records must be kept in the employing department’s personnel file and a copy must be sent to the address below on March 31, June 30, Sept. 30 and Dec. 31 each year. For more information, please call immigration services at (804) 828-0595.
Virginia Commonwealth University GEO – Immigration Services
817 West Franklin Street
P.O. Box 843043
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3043
Starting Jan. 20, 2010, international citizens planning to visit the U.S. using the Visa Waiver Program will need a valid ESTA (electronic system for travel authorization) approval. ESTA will collect the same information included on the I-94W — the form that travelers complete on the airplane en route to the U.S. ESTA applications are online and may be completed any time before the planned travel, though it is recommended to start as soon as travelers begin their trip planning. ESTA approval is generally valid for two years and for multiple entries to the U.S.
The following resources provide additional information that may prove useful during your stay at VCU.
- City of Richmond
- Internal Revenue Service
- NAFSA: Association of International Educators
- U.S. Social Security Administration
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
- Virginia Department of Taxation