Screening Process for Research Positions

Background

Pursuant to Florida Statute 1010.35, UCF is required to meet certain screening requirements before offering a Research or Research Related Support Position to the individuals identified below. The information outlined below is meant to assist the UCF community in meeting these new requirements.

The screening process outlined below applies to:

  1. Foreign Nationals seeking employment in Research or Research Related Support Positions, including graduate and undergraduate students seeking such positions, and
  2. Individuals seeking employment as a Visiting Researcher who are either:
    1. Foreign Nationals, or
    2. Permanent Residents of the United States who have any affiliations with an institution or program, or at least 1 year of prior employment or training, excepting employment or training by an agency of the United States government in a Foreign Country of Concern.

Definitions

  1. Foreign Country of Concern:  The People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Cuba, the Venezuelan regime of Nicolás Maduro, or the Syrian Arab Republic.
  2. Foreign National: Non-U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident.
  3. Research: A systematic study directed toward fuller scientific knowledge or understanding of the subject studied.  The research includes all research activities, both basic and applied, and all development activities, including the training of individuals in research techniques where such activities utilize the same facilities as other research and development activities.
  4. Research or Research Related Support Position: These positions include, but are not limited to:
    1. Faculty,
    2. Graduate Research Assistants and Graduate Research Associates,
    3. Individuals compensated by the research grant or contract funds,
    4. Individuals hired through the Inclusive Excellence or partner hire recruitment programs,
    5. Interns engaged in Research,
    6. Post Doctoral Scholars, and
    7. Visiting Researchers, including Visiting Assistant Professors and Visiting Research Associates.

For a list of current job codes impacted by these screening requirements, please click here.

What documents must be provided as part of the screening process?

Individuals included in one of the above categories must provide the following documents:

  1. (Foreign Nationals only) A complete copy of the individual’s passport.
  2. (Foreign Nationals only) A copy of the individual’s most recently submitted Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160). 
  3. A complete resume or curriculum vitae. At a minimum the resume or curriculum vitae must include:
    1. Every institution of higher education attended;
    2. All previous employment since the individual’s 18th birthday;
    3. A list of published material for which the individual received credit as an author, a researcher, or otherwise or to which the applicant contributed significant research, writing, or editorial support;
    4. A list of the individual’s current and pending research funding from any source, including funder, amount, applicant’s role on the project, and brief description of the research; and
    5. A full disclosre of non-university professional activities, including any affiliation with an institution or program in a foreing country of concern.

What is the Applicant and UCF Unit Required to Do?

Individuals included in one of the above categories should include the above documents as part of the position application process.  Foreign National doctoral students are required to provide the above-referenced documents as part of the UCF graduate application process. Foreign National doctoral students will be screened as part of the UCF graduate application process.  Except for doctoral students, before offering a position to an individual included in one of the above categories, the HR Advisor must complete the Florida Statute 1010.35 Screening Form.

FAQs

Resources

Florida Statute 1010.35 Screening Form

Florida State Statute Screening foreign researchers.  1010.35.

Questions?

For questions regarding this process, please contact the Office of International Collaboration and Export Control at OICEC@ucf.edu.