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Earlier this summer, we shared information about options for offering fall employment and/or fellowships to international students who are not able to enter the country.

As the fall appointment period approaches, we are reaching out with important steps that need to be taken now to facilitate the processing of payments to these individuals.

The current process for paying foreign national employees working outside the United States is located on the OBFS website. University Payroll & Benefits (UPB) and Cash Management are working on some additional options and details for payments, which may alter this guidance in the future.

In the meantime, it is important to initiate the current process as soon as possible to facilitate payment once the details are finalized. Specifically, please work with your HR and business professionals to obtain the W-8BEN form from the employee/fellow and submit it according to the information on the page linked above. Please submit these as soon as possible to have the best chance of timely payments.

Please contact UPB for questions about payments to foreign nationals and your unit HR or Illinois Human Resources with hiring questions.

We appreciate your assistance and will keep you updated as more information becomes available.