The employing unit must determine whether the University is willing to commit the time and resources toward the permanent residence process. Institutional policy does not permit University applications for temporary positions such as postdoctoral fellows or visiting scholars. The position must be one of the University’s regular, full-time positions.
Institutional policy also requires that all decisions about which applications will be filed be made by International Scholar Services, in consultation with the international faculty’s or staff’s department.
Finally, institutional policy does not permit the use of outside counsel to represent the University unless the attorney has been appointed Special Assistant Attorney General. Only one immigration law firm has been appointed to represent the campus in immigration matters: In order to use law firm(s) for a University application, it is necessary to first obtain permission from International Scholar Services unit.
In order to start the process of discussing the various routes to permanent residence, the employing unit should schedule a meeting with an International Scholar Advisor, the international scholar, and the international scholar’s immediate supervisor. Others may also be appropriate to attend this meeting, such as the departmental administrator responsible for employment matters.