Compliance and Immigration Services

The office of Human Resources Compliance and Immigration Services (HR-CIS) is responsible for promoting and monitoring University compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and University policies and procedures with an emphasis on immigration. Our mission is to promote an effective, informed, low-risk workplace and facilitate an understanding within University Human Resources (UHR) and the larger UVa community of the dynamic regulatory environment within the immigration field.

We offer assistance and resources in a variety of areas, including:

  • Overseeing, facilitating and monitoring foreign national immigration petition filing to ensure that non-immigrant visa and permanent residency (green card) processing is completed in accordance with relevant regulations.

  • Monitoring University payments made to foreign nationals (scholarships, fellowships, wages, honoraria) for appropriate tax treatment.

  • Overseeing the employment authorization (I-9) process and providing training to departments.

  • Providing legislative analysis of bills potentially impacting UHR or the University community during annual sessions of the Virginia legislature.

We do not provide legal advice, but can help refer questions requiring legal counsel to Immigration counsel specially appointed by the Virginia Attorney General to advise the University. Individuals seeking or needing personal legal advice should consult their own attorney.

For general information on any of the above subject areas, please e-mail