Permanent Resident Information

U.S. Permanent Residency Process

U.S. Permanent Residency (often referred to as a “green card”) is a broad and variable process that can be achieved in a variety of different ways.  Generally the permanent residency process may be pursued either through employment-based (“EB”) sponsorship or is family based.  More detailed Permanent Residency information can be found on the USCIS government site.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst supports employment-based permanent residency applications for permanently hired tenure-track faculty and other long-term employees with anticipated continuous employment, on a case-by-case basis.  Internal approval is required to initiate UMass PR sponsorship.

Three general paths to employment-based permanent residency in which UMass will consider sponsorship are:

  1. Employment-based First Preference (EB-1).
  2. Employment-based Second Preference (EB-2).
  3. Employment-based Third Preference (EB-3).

The International Programs Office, in conjunction with UMass General Counsel, Immigration Attorney and the foreign national’s specific academic department, will assess eligibility for University sponsorship on a case-by-case basis.  Initial inquiries should be addressed directly to Ms. Sandra Torres, Esq., UMass Immigration Counsel at storres[at]umassp[dot]edu