General University Reference Utility
POLICY'S INITIAL DATE: July, 1964
THIS VERSION EFFECTIVE: February 12, 2014
To provide information to a foreign national faculty or staff member explaining the benefits that are 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.
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/.
Each New Appointment ("NAPP") form submitted for a foreign national, regardless of visa status, shall be accompanied by a completed Alien Information Request Form.
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.