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There are many ways to become a permanent resident, including through self-sponsorship or sponsorship by other such as family members or employers. The International Students and Scholars Center/International Scholars Office (ISSC) is responsible for the employer-sponsored petitions for permanent residence for foreign national employees of ASU.
Once a request is received from the appropriate hiring unit (e.g. department, center or school) the ISSC Scholars Office will prepare petitions for permanent residence on behalf of employees in two categories:
tenured (or tenure track) faculty positions
non-teaching research positions of a permanent nature
Obtaining permanent residence through the outstanding professor or researcher petition is currently a quicker way to obtain permanent residency. The labor certification route to permanent residence is currently a very lengthy process, and the requirements within this category have very strict requirements in terms of advertising, hiring procedures and timing of the application. Therefore, it is essential that hiring units contact ISSC as early as possible in the hiring process.
This category is limited to those individuals who have at least three years of teaching or research experience, and are recognized internationally as outstanding in their academic fields. The process for obtaining permanent residence by this route is currently taking two years or longer. Unless the individual is a full professor with an extremely strong record of acclaim, this process is no longer viable or extremely difficult at best.
Outstanding professor or researcher cases will be processed by outside legal counsel. University departments wishing to sponsor employees in this category should send their requests to the ISSC/Scholars Office. Under the guidance and advice of the University’s Office of General Counsel, ISSC/Scholars Office will discuss with the sponsoring department the options available to them for pursuing legal assistance in processing and filing these types of cases.
If it is determined that the EB-1 category is the most appropriate, ISSC/Scholars Office will coordinate with the University’s Office of General Counsel to refer the case to outside legal counsel. University Departments will be responsible for all legal costs associated with the process.