Becoming a Legal Permanent Resident
Becoming a Legal Permanent Resident involves the following process:
- The hiring department submits a request to the IO.
- The IO reviews and approves the request.
- Upon approval, the IO will send an email to the department and the beneficiary.
- The IO will request that the beneficiary select an attorney from a list of approved attorneys.
- Once an attorney has been chosen, the IO will notify the chosen attorney of sponsorship and will coordinate with the attorney in the preparation and filing of the petition.
Note: Only university-approved attorneys must be retained. Requests to hire counsel outside of the network will not be entertained.
Sponsoring departments may not request any reimbursement from the beneficiary, nor should a beneficiary offer to reimburse the department.
Impact on H-1B status
We recommend that you keep your underlying H-1B status valid until the adjustment application (I-485) is approved. Extension beyond the six-year limit is possible, provided the labor certification or the I-140 Immigrant Petition has been pending for more than a year. Contact IO for further details on filing extensions beyond six years.
Dependents will be included on the I-140 Immigrant Petition. Depending upon the availability of immigrant visas, it is possible to file the adjustment application as well; however, this varies by country.
Including dependents on the I-140 enables them to apply for employment authorization, even if they are in H-4 status. Contact IO if dependents wish to apply for employment authorization.
All dependent children under the age of 21 can also be included in the immigrant petition. If there is a child that will age-out (i.e. will reach the age of 21) before the green card is adjudicated, he/she must file for an independent status. The IO can be of assistance in filing a change of status application in such cases.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) will not forward mail from USCIS even if there is a forwarding address on file. All addresses must be updated using Form AR-11 within 10 days of a change in address.