There are many ways to become a permanent resident, including self-sponsorship, family sponsorship, or employer sponsorship. The International Students and Scholars Center at Arizona State University assists sponsoring departments and their qualifying foreign national employees with the employment-based permanent residence process.
All ASU-sponsored employment-based permanent residence cases must be approved by the sponsoring department chair/dean/director. The process will either be handled by ISSC or coordinated through ISSC and then handled by outside legal counsel.
ASU may provide permanent residence sponsorship to permanent full-time employees in certain academic positions including:
- Academic appointments that are ongoing research appointments (not postdoctoral positions as they are temporary appointments).
- Ongoing teaching positions, such as tenure (or tenure-track) faculty positions.
Other positions may be considered for permanent residence sponsorship if the position is deemed to be critical to the functioning of the department or ASU.