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 U.Va. community of our dynamic regulatory environment.

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

  • Monitoring developments in Congress, federal agencies, and in the courts for information that may be pertinent to the University.

  • Alerting UHR and the University community to issues of interest identified by federal and state agencies such the IRS, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and others

  • Overseeing and helping to ensure that non-immigrant visa and permanent residency (green card) processing is done properly

  • 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

  • Facilitating policy development within UHR and coordinating all interaction with the University Policy Review Committee and Policy Manager

  • 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.

Contacting CIS:

Michael Schwartz - Director Compliance and Immigration
434.924.4379 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

  • For matters concerning Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9), Selective Service or The Work Number :
    Christine Langford - I-9 Specialist
    434.924.4393 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

  • For matters concerning taxation of payments to foreign nationals (payroll/wage; scholarship/fellowship; honoraria, etc.) :
    Logan Hobbs - Foreign National Tax Advisor 434.924.1377 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

  • For matters concerning Human Resource compliance and policy :
    David W. Ripley - Senior Compliance Consultant
    434.924.4373 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

  • For immigration matters concerning employment immigration (H-1B, E3, TN visas), immigration policy and related issues :
    Timothy J. White - Senior Immigration Consultant
    434.982.2735 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)