Employment Authorization

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulation requires all employees—citizens, residents, and nonresidents—to complete Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification. Employees are not allowed to work in the United States until the Form I-9 is completed and properly documented.

The University of Minnesota has an Online I-9 process and participates in e-Verify.  International students and scholars must present documentation to the Office of Human Resources at either the Job Center in the Donhowe Building, or Payroll Services at the West Bank Office Building to complete the online I-9. Listed here are some of the most common visa types and type of documentation needed to demonstrate employment authorization for nonresident aliens.

F-1 visa type: Passport, Form I-20 issued for the University of Minnesota, and Form I-94 received from Immigration and Naturalization Service at the port of entry.

J-1 visa type: Passport, Form DS2019 authorized for work at the University of Minnesota, and Form I-94 received from Immigration and Naturalization Service at the port of entry.

H-1B—Temporary Professional visa type: Passport, Form I-797 issued for the University of Minnesota, and a Form I-94 received from the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

TN-Trade NAFTA visa type: Identity document (such as driver's license or passport if from Canada; if from Mexico, a passport is required), a Form I-94 received for Immigration and Naturalization Service at the port of entry, and a hire letter from the University of Minnesota.

For more detailed information concerning visa types, their specific requirements, and DHS regulations, see the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.