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Employment Based Permanent Residency
Permanent Resident Status Through UND Sponsorship
A UND department intending to retain a foreign national employee on a permanent basis may sponsor the employee for permanent resident status. Permanent Resident Status, commonly referenced as a "Green Card," authorizes someone to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis.
Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, researchers, and benefitted staff are eligible for sponsorship (referred to collectively as “employees”). All foreign nationals must be employed by UND for at least four (4), consecutive years, among other criteria (see Guidelines below), before they can be considered for permanent residence sponsorship. Furthermore, all employees must receive signature approval from their department, college Dean/supervisor, and the Provost for sponsorship. Employees holding temporary or term positions such as part-time faculty, non-tenure track faculty, non-exempt staff positions, postdoctoral appointments, lecturers, graduate teacher or researcher’s positions are not eligible for permanent residence sponsorship. Faculty in grant-funded positions will generally not be eligible for sponsorship.
The permanent residence process is complex and lengthy, potentially taking up to 12 months or more to complete, depending on the case and federal government processing times. The department and employee are responsible for providing the State Attorney General (“SAG”) appointed immigration attorney all requested information for processing the case. For legal services provided to UND as a state institution, the University is required to use a SAG appointed attorney. The appointments are made on a continuing basis to handle specific matters, e.g. immigration. Departments and employees may not use other outside counsel for UND sponsored cases.
The University is responsible for the cost of the Labor Certification. The remaining costs are the responsibility of the employee.
To initiate the Permanent Residency process for either a faculty or staff employee, the department must submit the Request for Employment of a Foreign National form. Note: If you are have trouble with the online form, please download the PDF form and submit to the Academic Affairs Specialist (Casey Hoffman).
After confirming the candidate’s eligibility, Academic Affairs will schedule a teleconference between the SAG appointed immigration attorney, department chair, and employee.