K-State tennis job posting update: Immigration is complex


And now the job posting begins to make sense.

We don't want to speculate too much, especially since we're not immigration lawyers and we don't know the specifics. That said, we also want to try and explain this as best we can. The most likely situation here is that Steinberg -- an Israeli citizen -- was hired on an existing H-1B visa, which she had been using in her previous jobs at McNeese State and Wichita State. That particular visa is one used by foreigners meeting a very specific set of job requirements which cannot be met by an American worker, and is very common in the fields of sports, entertainment, and some technical fields. Doing the math, she'd have initially received that visa, which has a six-year limitation, back in 2009 or 2010. The process of attempting to transfer from an H-1B to permanent resident status has to begin long enough before the expiration of the H-1B to complete before the visa expires -- otherwise, the employee ends up having to leave the country, and that wouldn't be any fun. In order to sponsor Steinberg for permanent residency, K-State has to open the position to applicants in order to demonstrate that her skills and education are required in order to fill the position. Again, we stress this is just speculative, but if that's what's going on here it's a routine immigration process and nothing to worry about.

The important thing here is that Steinberg has not resigned, has not been fired, and she and the university mutually wish to continue their relationship. That's a huge relief, and we wish Coach Steinberg the best in getting her status resolved to the good.