US Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Status
International employees who begin their employment at
Northern Arizona University in a temporary work authorization status may want
to seek employment-based U.S. legal permanent residence (also known as LPR, PR,
and green card).
It is important that all recruitment and hiring be done in a
way that meets the requirements for this process. Departments should contact the
International Scholar Adviser. For a
faculty position, contact the Vice Provost for Academic Personnel at 928-523-2230
for more information.
Northern Arizona University does not promise to file
employment-based U.S. permanent residence petitions for a non-immigrant
employee, as this depends on:
- the specifics of each position
- the recruiting and hiring process
- other regulations which impact eligibility
Northern Arizona University may file a petition with the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
for employment-based sponsorship for LPR. The employee may not hire an attorney
to represent Northern Arizona University for this petition.
There are three steps in the process to establish LPR:
- Determine eligibility for the appropriate
employment-based LPR classification. The chair/director must contact the
International Scholar Adviser to begin the process.
- The International Scholar Adviser files the
petition Form I-140 with the USCIS with the required supporting documentation.
An outside attorney may not be used for this petition unless approved by the
Center for International Education and the Northern Arizona University Office
of Legal Counsel.
- The foreign national employee applies with Form
I-485 to USCIS to request the change of status to LPR. The employee may prepare
this application with or without the assistance of an immigration attorney. The
International Scholar Adviser cannot provide legal advice to the employee
regarding this application.