Human Resources Policies

HR27 Benefits for Foreign Nationals Employed by the University

Policy Status: 

Active

Policy Steward: 

Vice President for Human Resources

POLICY'S INITIAL DATE: July, 1964

THIS VERSION EFFECTIVE: February 12, 2014

Contents:

PURPOSE:

To provide information to a foreign national faculty or staff member explaining the benefits that are available.

BENEFITS AVAILABLE:

If the foreign national faculty or staff member is appointed as a regular, full-time employee, he/she will participate in the University's group insurance programs; however, if the appointment is determined to be nonregular, he/she is not eligible for these insurances and may wish to make his/her own arrangements for insurance coverage. In the United States, each individual is responsible for paying for medical or dental expenses incurred by him/herself or a member of his/her family. All J visa holders are required by law to have adequate health insurance coverage. Questions concerning eligibility for insurance benefits should be directed to the Employee Benefits Division.

Regular, full-time employees and their eligible dependents are entitled to enroll in University courses at a reduced cost.

UNIVERSITY RETIREMENT SYSTEM:

A foreign national faculty or staff member, who is to be appointed to a regular, full-time University position, will be required to enroll in one of two retirement programs offered by the University, regardless of his/her visa class.

The retirement plans available are the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF; or the State Employees Retirement System (SERS). Information and a comparison of the two plans are available at www.ohr.psu.edu/benefits/retirement/.

ALIEN INFORMATION REQUEST FORM:

Each New Appointment ("NAPP") form submitted for a foreign national, regardless of visa status, shall be accompanied by a completed Alien Information Request Form.

FEDERAL SOCIAL SECURITY:

All foreign nationals employed by the University are required to have a Social Security number.

All Non-US workers should review/consult with the Payroll Department regarding their tax liabilities. The law is complex on taxing issues and Foreign employees should always keep the Payroll Department advised of visa status.

Date Approved: 

February 12, 2014

Date Published: 

February 12, 2014

Effective Date: 

February 12, 2014