Lawful Permanent Residence Status (LPR)
University policy determines that the Office of Immigration and Human Resource Services (IHRS) will assist full-time, tenure track, non-immigrant employees in the pursuit of Lawful Permanent Residence Status. IHRS has the responsibility to complete and submit applications to both the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service with the goal of obtaining approval of Lawful Permanent Residence Status. This certification also places requirements on those involved with the recruitment and hiring process. Government-required steps must be taken from the very beginning of the process to assure success. Printable version of Steps to Labor Certification information (pdf).
The opportunity to obtain labor certification involves an 18-month window that runs from the date the position is offered (typically the date at the top of the offer letter). An Application for Labor Certification must be submitted and filed within that time. Missteps taken during the recruitment and hiring process can well lead to a deficiency that will make it impossible to obtain government approval. In cases where confusion exists, a timely call Julie Haddix (216-368-6964) or e-mail IHRS (firstname.lastname@example.org) can provide the information needed to avoid problems that can delay or quash attempts to acquire government approval.