Lawful Permanent Residency
Stevens will support an application for permanent residence in limited circumstances, and only within certain employment-based classifications as defined by United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
Process and Procedures:
This procedure outlines the conditions under which Stevens Institute of Technology may sponsor a permanent, full-time employee for lawful permanent residence (LPR). Stevens will support an application for permanent residence in limited circumstances, and only within certain employment-based classifications as defined by United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
The filing of a lawful permanent residence application does not guarantee approval by USCIS, who has sole discretion to approve or deny every case. It is important that no promises or assurances be made by any School or Department to the candidate that any application will be successful.
To ensure the proper handling of an application and appropriately represent Stevens, Stevens will, from time to time, maintain a list of one or more law firms approved to represent Stevens in handling permanent residence application cases for Stevens’ employees. The cost of all necessary legal and filing fees associated with the preparation and filing of the labor certification, I-140 immigrant visa petition, and other services incurred in connection with a permanent residence application will be borne by the school or department supporting the application. Stevens will cover the cost of all necessary legal and filing fees associated with one type of permanent residence application, when an applicant is eligible to file under two different categories such as, for example, a national interest waiver and outstanding professor/researcher.
Stevens will not reimburse any internal school or department, or any individual, for expenses incurred outside of this procedure. The law firm engaged by Stevens in a particular case will represent Stevens and, to the extent not inconsistent with such representation, shall also represent the applicant. If an applicant wishes to consult or retain private counsel to provide personal legal advice, the cost of such counsel will be borne solely by such person and will not replace the need for counsel to Stevens in any application process as contemplated by this procedure.
Sponsorship for permanent residence must be in the best interest of Stevens as determined by the relevant Dean or Vice President. It is the employer, Stevens, who files the application for permanent residence on behalf of the foreign national and is responsible for complying with the requirements of the petition. A school’s decision to sponsor a person should, therefore, be based on a determination that Stevens’ best interests require the need for a candidate’s unique skills and expertise. The decision to pursue permanent residence status for an employee is a serious and expensive undertaking and should not in any way be viewed as a gesture of good-will or undertaken to facilitate a desire for permanent residence.
Once a decision is made to proceed with sponsorship, the Dean or Vice President should designate one authorized administrative contact person to work with ISSS and Stevens’ legal counsel in processing the sponsorship application.
The permanent residence application process is initiated by the requesting Department in consultation with the Director of International Student and Scholar Services, as follows:
This procedure is subject to revision at any time. The information contained in this procedure is not intended to be legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.