New Employee Onboarding

Before You Start

Welcome to the USF community!

We appreciate that the initial days of employment are filled with anticipation, excitement and many questions.  For that reason, we've assembled some helpful information to get you started.  We wish you much success in your new role!


  • Please communicate with your supervisor on where to report on the first day. Confirm your start date, time, place, commuting options and parking options.  See parking information for your campus here: 

    Tampa Campus | St. Pete Campus | Sarasota Campus

  • Review your benefits options.

  • Complete your Right Start paperwork. Check what hire documentation, including proof of eligibility to work in the United States, you may need for your first day.

Additional Information for Each Campus

Tampa Campus Human Resources

St. Petersburg Campus Human Resources | St. Petersburg campus New Hire Page

Sarasota Campus Human Resources | Sarasota-Manatee campus New Employee Page

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RightStart is the process that facilitates the completion of new hire paperwork for all new employees. The program is designed to get employees off on the right foot by ensuring that necessary paperwork is completed on or before the employee's first day of employment.

Information for Foreign Nationals

Check-in is required with International Services (IS) for all new J-1 scholars and takes place in International Services (CGS) 101. Scholars may check-in at any time without an appointment. After all immigration documents have been verified, scholars who will be paid by the university will receive a letter which they can take to the local Social Security Administration office to apply for a card (after the scholar has been in the U.S. for ten days). Once this is completed, the scholar will receive a receipt letter from the Social Security Administration which can then be taken, along with all required work authorization documents, to Human Resources for RightStart in order to complete new hire paperwork.

Foreign National employees with another visa status (TN, H1-B) should have met all work authorization requirements prior to coming to RightStart.

If an international employee comes to RightStart without a receipt letter from the Social Security Administration, and they do not have a Social Security card or their documents are not complete, they will be given a memo to return to IS until such time as they have all required documents. Once the employee has been entered into GEMS, they will receive a temporary ID number. This ID number will allow international students to apply for Student Health Insurance. Note: the State of Florida mandates that all international students must have health insurance by the fifth day of classes. For more information, contact the Student Health Services Insurance office. (link) As soon as the employee receives his/her permanent Social Security card (which should take no more than three months) he/she should bring that card to University Payroll (SVC 0077) so that their temporary ID number can be updated in the system with the employee's permanent Social Security number.

Check-in is required with International Services (IS) for all new international students and takes place in the Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions (CGS) 101. A schedule of check-in times is communicated prior to the start of every semester. Once the student has completed check-in and all immigration documents have been verified, the student will receive a letter which they can then take to the local Social Security Administration office to apply for a card after the student has been in the United States for ten (10) days. Once this is completed, the student will receive a receipt letter from the Social Security Administration which can then be taken, along with all required work authorization documents, to Human Resources for RightStart@USF. At RightStart, the student will complete their new hire paperwork. This is required to get processed in the GEMS system and on payroll. Please note that students holding a J-1 visa are also required to have a work authorization letter from International Services.

New Hires to USF

RightStart@USF is triggered by the issuance of an offer letter by the hiring department. In the offer letter, new employees are given specific instructions on what to bring, and when and where to report. An HR Representative will assist new employees in the completion of new hire paperwork and provide essential information regarding pay and benefits (if benefit eligible). This process takes up to an one hour to complete.

All new employees are required to attend RightStart on or before their first day of employment. 

In order to help you through this process, please be prepared to:

  • Provide documentation that establishes your employment eligibility to work in the U.S. (in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986). View the I-9 form that will identify acceptable documents.
  • Provide your passport, I-9 form, visa and appropriate immigration support documents based on visa class, if you are a foreign national.
  • When you have completed all of your paperwork in HR, you should report as instructed in your offer letter.

Rehires to USF

An employee who left employment with USF for more than one year, is treated as a new hire and must complete new hire paperwork prior to starting work. If an employee has been separated from the university for less than one year, the department may appoint him/her by completing an Appointment Status Form and attaching the signed offer letter. Once the rehiring process is completed and updated in GEMS, the employee may access GEMS Self Service to update their personal information.

Orientation and Benefits Information

During your first week of employment, you will receive an email communication from the Learning & Talent Development team with a link to the online new employee orientation module. You will also receive a communication from our Benefits team regarding important benefits information.

Topics covered in the orientation include:

  • USF's Culture and History
  • Helpful Resources to Get You Started
  • Benefits (Health & Retirment)
  • Links to Required Training
  • Contact Information

    For questions, please call Human Resources at (813) 974-2970.


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