The Immigration Services office can assist UGA Colleges and Departments with permanent residency (aka: "green card") applications for permanently hired staff, researchers and faculty.
Any request for permanent residency is based on a permanent, full time employment commitment by the university, and will require assistance by departmental staff and the expenditure of funds to pay required ISSIS and government filing fees, and possibly advertisement and recruitment costs, depending on the category of sponsorship.
- Document giving an overview of the U.S. Permanent Residency sponsorship process at UGA: click here.
- PowerPoint presentations on the Permanent Residency process, and the filing category options:
Three Possible Paths to PR:
The three sponsorship paths that are available to permanent international employees at UGA are:
EB-1 Outstanding Professor/Researcher
This category is available for individuals with a long record or publication, research, conference participation and recognition by other experts in the field. The application must show evidence that these individuals are among the top few percent within thier field, world-wide. Applications are filed directly with USCIS, and no advertisement or recruitment needs to be documented.
EB-2 for Teaching Positions
This category requires Department of Labor approval on the advertising and recruitment for individuals with classroom teaching responsibilities.
The three qualifying requirements for this process are:
- The individual have some percentile of classroom teaching responsibilities.
- The advertisement for the position must have appeared in a national journal (online OR print). If an online ad is used, we must be able to prove:
- The electronic or web-based journal's job listings must be accessible to the public without payment of subscription and/or membership charges;
- It must be posted for at least 30 calendar days on the journal's website, and we must have webpage screen shots showing the start and end dates.
- The application must be submitted to the Department of Labor WITHIN 18 months of the DATE OF JOB OFFER.
We must be able to prove that our employee was the best candidate for the position.
EB-2 for Non-Teaching Positions
This category requires Department of Labor approval on extensive advertising and recruitment for staff positions that are non-teaching. These may include positions that require a masters degree or higher. This process is the most time consuming of the three because it will require a true "Test of the Labor Market" meaning that the position will have to be advertised in a number of ways including twice in the Athens Banner Herald Sunday editions, an open job ad with the State Workforce Agency and additional advertising from a select list of approved ways. The department will need to interview any individuals who are citizens or permanent residents who have the minimum qualifications for the position. Close guidance with this type of application will be given to the department by ISSIS because each step of the process must happen in a specific time frame.
This category is problematic, as we cannot simply prove that our candidate is the best qualified person -- but rather, that there were no *minimally* qualified U.S. workers.
Choice of Appropriate Category:
ISSIS staff will decide on which category is most appropriate.
Final Stage: Adjustment of Status Application
Regardless of which category, the international employee is responsible for the final stage of the process which is called "adjustment of status", and it is the employee's personal application for the "green card". UGA in general, and the ISSIS office in particular, cannot be responsible for any part of the adjustment of status application, as it is a personal application, and not an employer application. More general information on adjustment of status can be found here: Adjustment of Status Information