US Permanent Residency: Purdue Processes

In January 2004 the Office of the Provost approved guidelines for pursuing permanent residency for international faculty and staff under Purdue sponsorship.   Click here to view these guidelines.  

As an employer, Purdue University sponsors immigrant petitions primarily within the first and second employment categories. This includes Outstanding Professor and Researchers (EB-1B) and Professionals holding advanced degrees (EB-2).

Each petition must have the full support of the employing department and the approval of the Head of Department.  According to guidelines from the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) the position must be a permanent position.

In the EB-2 category, an approved Labor Certification is necessary for the immigrant application.  With the requirement of a Labor Certification, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) seeks to ensure that U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not overlooked in the job search.

A Labor Certification is a formal finding that there are no U.S. workers willing, able, qualified and available for the position offered and that the terms of the employment will not adversely affect wages and working conditions of current employees.  The Labor Certification process is a lengthy one during which valid non-immigrant status must be maintained by the beneficiary in order to remain in the United States.

In the case of University teaching positions the employing department only needs to establish that the applicant is the best qualified person for the job.  The labor certification application must be filed within 18 months from the date of offer.

For almost all other positions, filing and advertising requirements are very detailed and the employer must demonstrate that the applicant is the only qualified applicant in order to receive Labor Certification.

ISS will begin the permanent residency process for a permanent employee at the request of a Purdue department. Such requests should be channeled through the ISS liaison in each department. These individuals have been trained to prepare the P.R. application.

ISS Processing Fee: Departments are required to pay an ISS Processing Fee. Please check with ISS for a current fee schedule.

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