Policies on Permanent Resident Sponsorship
PSU assists with those employment-based permanent residence petitions that require an employer sponsor. PSU sponsors individuals for permanent residence in the following employment-based preference categories (briefly summarized below):
- Outstanding Professor or Researcher (EB-1)
- Advanced Degree Holder (EB-2, Special Handling only)
Only individuals in positions considered “permanent” and who are employed full-time are eligible for permanent residence sponsorship by PSU.
Outstanding Professor or Researcher
Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees (Teaching Faculty)
The Office of International Affairs, in consultation with the hiring department, determines whether an individual may be sponsored by Portland State University under these guidelines, and if so under which category. Any exceptions to the above policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Authority to Sign Petitions for Permanent Residence based on PSU Employment
The Office of International Affairs is responsible for handling employer-sponsored permanent residence petitions on behalf of PSU. OIA is the only authorized petitioner/signatory to USCIS for permanent residence petitions based on PSU employment. Only designated individuals in OIA may sign the Labor Certification (ETA-9089) and the I-140.
Options to self-petition without PSU sponsorship
There are several employment-based petitions that do not require an employer’s support and are thus considered self-petitions. They may be filed through an outside immigration attorney without need for PSU’s approval or involvement. The outside attorney may only represent the petitioner and his/her dependents and may not represent PSU.
A PSU employee may self-petition (apply to USCIS on his or her own behalf) for permanent residence in the following two employment-based categories, as these categories require neither a job offer nor the signature of any PSU representative:
- EB-1 Aliens of Extraordinary Ability:
- EB-2 Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees — National Interest Waiver
Portland State University is not involved in filing these two types of petitions, nor can a PSU employee (other than the self-petitioner) sign these documents. An individual may choose to hire an immigration attorney to assist in self-petitioning but PSU funds may not be used to pay for self-petitions.