Unites States citizens, legal permanent residents, and foreign nationals are all eligible for JPL’s postdoc programs. The following addresses considerations for foreign national postdoc program applicants.
Before you arrive at JPL
- The NPP program only sponsors foreign nationals with J1 visas.
- Caltech and JPL postdocs can have J1, H1B, or have TN status.
- If you are accepted for a postdoctoral appointment, your advisor will contact you with information on NASA approvals.
- Approval process for foreign nationals from non-designated countries generally take up to 3 weeks
- Approval process for foreign nationals from designated countries (see the full list) generally take up to 3 months
- Offers are contingent upon receiving a NASA approval
Living in Los Angeles
- You may want to search for information about the cost of living in Los Angeles before making a decision.
- Additionally, the Postdoctroal Handbook and the page on Living in Los Angeles provide additional information about what it is like to live in LA.
After you arrive at JPL
Computer and Resource Access at JPL
Postdocs at JPL who are foreign nationals may be subject to certain restrictions as required by law. Some technical information and assistance may not be available to them. Additionally, there will be certain restrictions placed on their work computers. These restrictions are mandated by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) legislation.
While living in the United States, postdocs may be subject to any number of federal, state, and local taxes. Examples include, but are not limited to, income tax, excise taxes, sales tax, and vehicle fees.