Texas Tech University

International Faculty, Scholars and Staff

International Faculty, Staff and Scholar Services is charged with the responsibility of providing support and guidance to Texas Tech University and as it relates to the employment of foreign nationals (H-1B, TN, O-1, etc..). We are tasked with ensuring that the appropriate nonimmigrant status is attained for international faculty, researchers and staff. All questions concerning the employment of a foreign national who requires work authorization should be directed to our office.

We are also responsible for the administration and oversight of the J Exchange Visitor Program for scholars, professors, researchers and student interns. Our office acts as the liaison between our visitors and the US government agencies that have jurisdiction over their stay in the US.

Our staff works closely with both academic and non-academic departments across the University. They are our customers and as such, we strive to provide the highest levels of customer service. That service includes:

  • Providing guidance on appropriate nonimmigrant status;
  • Assisting in ensuring their foreign national employees maintain proper work authorization;
  • Providing educational workshops and seminars;
  • Supporting the departments in sponsoring eligible foreign national employees for permanent residence.


For H-1B*, TN and O-1 questions, make an appointment with Dawn Cepica.

Schedule an H-1B or PR Appointment with Dawn Cepica

For all J-1 Exchange Visitors

Schedule J-1 Appointment with Karin Senft

*See our chart comparing H-1B and J-1, the two most common non-immigrant visas for international visitors facilitated by our office.

H and J Visa Comparison Chart