US Permanent Residency: A Step by Step Guide


All international faculty and staff should check with their department liaison to begin the permanent resident process. It is Purdue University’s commitment to our international tenure-track faculty to pursue permanent residency by virtue of their appointment at Purdue.For select professors and researchers, permanent residence may be pursued using a credentials-based process. For non-faculty, permanent residence will be pursued on a case-by-case basis.

Teaching Faculty

Purdue pursues permanent residence for teaching faculty using a special procedure called “Special Handling” in most cases. Special handling allows the hiring department to hire the better qualified applicant identified through a competitive recruitment campaign. A clear, full-page copy of the advertisement placed in the electronic or print edition of a national journal is required by law. The first step of this process must be filed within 18 months of the date of the first offer letter to the faculty member. This process generally results, under current processing times, in the issuance of permanent residence within 2 – 3 years, except for Indian and Chinese citizens.

Professors and Researchers

Select professors and researchers may be sponsored for permanent residence at the discretion of their department, using a credentials based process. The advantage of this process is that it might results in issuance of the greencard sooner for Indian and Chinese nationals than would be the case using the “Special Handling” process described above. However, the costs is significantly higher and considerable effort and time must be expended by the faculty member to support the process. If approved by the department, the liaison will provide the faculty member with a "Questionnaire to Ascertain Viability of Permanent Residency Sponsorship" to complete. We also require copies of the faculty member’s curriculum vitae and publication list.

Staff and other faculty members

Staff, and faculty members who are not engaged in teaching, instruction or research, are sponsored on a case-by-case basis and solely at the discretion of the hiring department.

“Visiting” positions and “Post-Doctoral” appointments are not eligible for permanent residence sponsorship.

The final step for all permanent residence sponsorship, regardless of the procedure utilized, is an application to “Adjustment Status to Permanent Residency” by the faculty member. This is the responsibility of the faculty member and ISS does not participate.

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