Immigration and Employment

Social Security Number

In the United States, a Social Security number (SSN) is a nine-digit number issued to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and temporary (working) residents. The number is issued to an individual by the Social Security Administration, an independent agency of the U.S. government. The Social Security number has become a national identification number for taxation and other purposes.
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Immigration Documents

You have been issued a variety of immigration documents. They are all important, but for different reasons. Learn more below about each document and its importance for your immigration situation.

While UVA is the sponsor of your immigration status in the United States and will assist with compliance and filing of necessary petitions, it is ultimately the individual responsibility of each foreign national to constantly monitor and maintain a valid immigration status in the U.S.
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Immigration Planning

Consultation is available with UVA’s Office of Compliance and Immigration Staff to provide guidance on employer-sponsored nonimmigrant visa and lawful permanent residency options for employees.

Individuals should begin the consultation process early to ensure that there is ample time for consideration and pursuit of available immigration options. While the University monitors immigration status and assists in employer-sponsored immigration options, it is the responsibility of each foreign national to manage immigration status in the United States. For assistance, please contact

HR Benefits and Services (non-health related)

The University supports employee career development, including education and vocational and professional development. Educational and career development opportunities encourage growth and commitment from employees, often resulting in greater engagement, enhanced capabilities, and improved performance.
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The issue of volunteering may seem straightforward, but it is actually a complex area involving both immigration and labor laws. If you are interested in volunteering, please be aware of the relevant regulations so that you and your dependents do not mistakenly engage in unauthorized employment.
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