We provide immigration assistance to University of Hawaiʻi (UH) departments and to international employees and UH-sponsored exchange visitors across the UH System. As a UH office under the UHM Office of International and Exchange Programs of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, we are not authorized to assist with the immigration procedures of non-UH organizations, such as the East-West Center, RCUH, and other universities or colleges.
In most situations where a UH department will host or employ a foreign national, it is important for UH departments to ensure all immigration requirements are met before finalizing plans. Some examples of situations that require prior preparation include:
- Offering any type of employment to a foreign national;
- Hosting a visiting colleague to collaborate on research;
- Sponsoring a guest lecturer, performer, or artist; or
- Inviting an international exchange visitor to participate in a symposium or conference.
The human resources (HR) specialists in most UH units are our main points of contact. UH departments requiring assistance with immigration matters should first consult with their HR specialists on the proper procedures to hire international employees and to sponsor exchange visitors.