As an international scholar, it is important to know and follow U.S. laws and regulations. Please review the legal resources in this section for more information.Ohio State Legal Affairs
The Office of Legal Affairs
provides legal advice and representation to The Ohio State University, to its constituent units and affiliated entities, and to its trustees, officers, employees and student leaders while acting on the university's behalf. Their services include advice and counsel on all matters having legal significance for the university, contract review, legal workshops and educational programs. The Office of Legal Affairs provides oversight of all litigation including cases assigned to special counsel appointed by the Attorney General for the State of Ohio. For specific advice, visit their website
or contact them at 614-292-0611
.Selecting an Immigration Attorney
You may wish to visit the American Immigration Lawyers Association
website to select an attorney who has the expertise you seek. Please note that this information is provided for personal immigration matters only. All immigration filings on behalf of Ohio State are handled either by the Office of International Affairs or the Office of Legal Affairs. An employee or student may not retain an attorney to represent the university with respect to the filing of an I-129, I-140, labor certification or other employer-based filing. No one may sign an I-129, I-140, or labor certification application on behalf of the university without prior approval from either the Office of International Affairs or the Office of Legal Affairs. If you have questions about this policy, please contact the Office of International Affairs at 614-292-6101 or the Office of Legal Affairs at 614-292-0611.
Select an attorney early in the process
Immigration procedures can be very slow and time consuming. Therefore, you select your legal advisor early in the process. Do not wait until a few weeks before your deadline. In order to present your application in the best possible manner, you should allow sufficient time for your lawyer to do a thorough job of researching your case.
Consult others concerning the immigration process
Before you contact an attorney, consult family members, friends or associates who have been involved with the immigration process. They may be able to share with you their experiences with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), their legal costs and recommendations concerning attorneys with whom they worked.
Begin your evaluation of the attorney when you make your initial call
Once you have selected a prospective attorney, you should call to make an appointment to discuss your case. This call should be an important part of your evaluation of the attorney. You should begin the call with a short description of your situation and the immigration problem you wish to address. You do not have to give all the details at this time. You should merely describe in general terms the nature of the issue and you should include any deadlines you are facing. You may wish to contact several attorneys to compare their answers to these questions. Once you have identified a lawyer who you may wish to hire, you should schedule a meeting to discuss your case in greater detail.
The first meeting
It is important to remember that at this meeting, you are still evaluating the lawyer. If you are not confident that this person can do the best job for you, you may decide to seek another legal advisor. You should be prepared to give a concise statement of your situation and the goals you would like to achieve. You may save time by writing a short chronology of your experiences and contacts with USCIS. Be sure to bring with you your passport (including visa stamps), copies of correspondence with government agencies and other immigration documents.Harassment and Discrimination
The Ohio State University is committed to providing a working environment free from sexual harassment and discrimination. The Office of Institutional Equity, Title IX's website
contains information and resources regarding harassment and discrimination. The university encourages employees to report concerns and complaints so that prompt corrective measures can be taken to stop harassment and discrimination whenever it occurs. If you experience misconduct, there are several ways to report the incident
, as well as available resources to help you cope