Permanent residence status enables a noncitizen to reside and work in the United States without limitation. The process to obtain permanent residence status is highly regulated and extremely complex and can take several years. Permanent resident status is personal to the employee and there is no obligation for GC to obtain this status for any noncitizen employee. GC may facilitate the application process for permanent resident status based upon employment, but GC cannot become responsible if a visa is denied or if the employee falls out of status. GC will pay all related filing fees for the I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, but the employee is responsible for all fees related to filing the Adjustment of Status Petition.
Prior to deciding whether to attempt to obtain permanent residence for any noncitizen employees, please consult with the Office of Legal Affairs.
Additional documents and information is needed for all visa(s) and PERM applications:
Additional Documents/Information (doc.)
Important: For those hoping to transition to Permanent Residence, it is important to be aware of filing deadlines. A PERM application must be submitted within 60 days of hiring a staff person or 180 days of hiring faculty members. If submitted after the applicable time limits, GC would need to recruit for the position again. H-1B employees should contact the Office of Legal Affairs for further information.