Information for International Postdoctoral Fellows
At NYU School of Medicine, postdoctoral scholars come from all over the world to work with our renowned researchers—more than 65 percent of our postdocs are foreign nationals. We know that arriving in New York City and navigating government processes can be daunting, so we’ve provided a few tips to ease your transition.
Your Employment Visa
Our immigration services staff can help you obtain an employment visa, ensuring compliance with all government regulations relating to the employment of international scholars. Immigration services can also process requests for extensions, transfers, and status changes for postdocs who have had employment in the U.S. before. Immigration services also answers any questions you have regarding tax treaties or exclusions.
If there is any change in your immigration status during your time as a postdoctoral fellow, contact our immigration services staff immediately at 212-404-3862.
Providing Foreign Education Credentials
If you received your graduate degree from an institution outside the United States, you must provide NYU School of Medicine with an official evaluation of your credentials before you begin work as a postdoc. This evaluation should reference the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Electronic Database for Global Education and state that your credentials are equivalent to that of a similar degree granted in the United States.
We recommend that you use a credentials service such as World Education Services, Trustforte Corporation, International Education Research Foundation, Foreign Credential Services of America, or Educational Credential Evaluators.
If your education credentials are not in English, provide a certified translation.
Obtaining a Social Security Number
Within 10 days of arrival at NYU School of Medicine, new international postdocs schedule an appointment with NYU School of Medicine’s immigration services staff to learn how to obtain a Social Security number. It can also be helpful to visit the U.S. Social Security Administration website to familiarize yourself with the process.
After meeting with our immigration services staff, visit the Social Security Administration office to obtain a Social Security number or complete the online application form. The office nearest to NYU School of Medicine is at 123 William Street, on the third floor. The office is open between 7:00AM and 4:00PM, Monday through Friday.
After you obtain a Social Security number, contact our immigration services staff so they can update your payroll and benefits records. If you have questions about tax deductions reflected on your paycheck, call our finance services center at 212-404-4200.
Obtaining a New York State Driver’s License or ID Card
During your stay in New York, you may find it helpful to have a state-issued driver’s license or nondriver state ID card. Although your passport is your primary form of identification, a driver’s license or ID card can serve as a valid form of supplementary identification. That means you can leave your passport at home, where it is safe. A driver’s license or ID card also lists your U.S. address, whereas other types of identification, such as a credit card or student ID, do not.
To apply for a driver’s license or ID card, visit the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to complete the necessary paperwork. The DMV nearest to NYU School of Medicine is located at 1293-1311 Broadway, eighth floor. You can call the office at 212-645-5550 or visit the DMV online.
English Language Courses
NYU Langone’s Office of Organizational Development and Learning offers free English as a second language (ESL) courses for postdocs. ESL classes can help you improve your English, especially your conversational skills.
For more information or to register for a class, call 212-404-3868 or stop by the office at One Park Avenue, 11th floor, between 9:00AM and 5:00PM, Monday through Friday.