There are numerous ways to pursue U.S. permanent residency. Some of the most commonly utilized routes include sponsorship by an employer, sponsorship by a qualifying family member, self petitioning procedures by which applicants prove national interest or exceptional ability, through asylum, and the diversity lottery. The University of Oregon sponsors eligible faculty and staff for permanent employment using one of several employment-based categories.
The University is able to provide employer sponsorship for faculty and high-level researchers.
Faculty and staff seeking employment-based permanent residency need to work with their departments and the Office of Academic Affairs to determine eligibility.
EB-2 Second Preference for Advanced Degree Holders
In most cases, the University of Oregon sponsors faculty on the basis of the employment-based, second preference category (EB-2) for advanced degree holders. The EB-2 category permits the UO to sponsor faculty hired to permanent, full-time positions for permanent residency provided their normal job duties include teaching. The EB-2 category requires the UO to file a PERM Labor Certification as the first step. Following approval of the PERM Labor Certification, the UO files Form I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, while the employee is responsible for filing Form I-485 Application to Adjust Status.
For further information about the PERM Labor Certification and UO sponsorship for permanent residency, please contact Sonia Potter at (541) 346-2002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EB-1(b) Outstanding Professors & Researchers
Under very limited circumstances, professors and researchers who have been internationally recognized as outstanding in their respective fields may seek to obtain permanent residency through the EB-1(b) Outstanding Professors and Researchers category. This will eliminate the need to file a Labor Certification with the Department of Labor, although the University of Oregon must still file Form I-140 on behalf of the individual employee.
To apply for University of Oregon approval to file an "outstanding" I-140 petition, please fill out and submit the Outstanding Professor or Researcher Request Form, along with a justification letter from your UO department and vita, to the Office of Academic Affairs. Once the Request has been approved, International Student and Scholar Services will be notified and will contact the employee to initiate an I-140 petition.
The University of Oregon does not provide guidance on self-petitions by employees seeking permanent residency under either EB-1(a) Extraordinary Ability category or the EB-2 National Interest Waiver. For more information about self-petitions, go to http://www.uscis.gov.
Step 1 Begin the process
Step 2 Submit I-140
Step 3 Submit I-485
Tenure-track position: Begin the application process as soon as possible after the job offer. The Labor Certification Application must be submitted to the Department of Labor not later than eighteen months from the official contract offer date. Failure to do so will require departments to conduct a new search for the position.
Non-tenure career instructional position: Begin the application process as soon as possible after the job offer. The Labor Certification Application must be submitted to the Department of Labor not later than eighteen months from the official contract offer date. Failure to do so will require departments to conduct a new search for the position.
Officers of administration and officers of research: The UO typically does not sponsor Labor Certification for these contract types.
For further information, please contact Sonia Potter at 346-2002 or email@example.com.
It takes about 2-3 years to secure a permanent residency. While the application is pending, the employee must maintain immigration status to work at the UO and/or travel overseas.
All international scholars and faculty are required by law to keep their addresses updated with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). If you change your address, you must fill out the AR-11 (change of address) form and mail or submit it online to USCIS within 10 days of moving. Failing to report your change of address may jeopardize your legal immigration status.