Sponsor Permanent Residency

Form OC01: Initial Outside Counsel Request

UCSC divisions and departments can sponsor permanent resident status for employees in permanent, full-time positions that require professional-level credentials.

According to APO policy, these employees include individuals hired in tenure-track faculty positions, researchers in the Professional Researcher Series (at the Associate Researcher level or higher, if funding is guaranteed for a minimum of three years), and for Continuing Lecturers (under very limited circumstances as determined by the USCIS). All university-sponsored permanent residency cases must be processed through ISSS and a UCOP-vetted immigration attorney. 

IMPORTANT

Special Handling for Teaching Faculty allows facilitated recruitment and standard in most faculty Permanent Residence cases.  To take advantage of this option, UCSC must submit a Labor certification application to the Department of Labor within 18 months of the date the faculty member was selected for their position. For this reason, please reach out to ISSS to discuss the Permanent Residence Strategy for all new foreign national faculty hires immediately upon selection, even in cases where sponsorship will be delayed.  Failure to file within this time period and to properly document the recruiting effort may make it difficult to obtain Permanent Residence on behalf of the employee for a period of several years or longer.   

To start the permanent residency process please submit the OC-01 Form: Initial Outside Counsel Request via email to ischolar@ucsc.eduAfter the hiring unit has permission to initiate outside counsel, an initial consultation will be set up with ISSS, an immigration attorney, the hiring unit, and the employee. The meeting will cover strategy for filing, as well as the cost and timeline of the petition.

Schedule of Fees

ISSS does not charge an internal fee for Permanent Residence petitions, however, the following legal and government application fees do apply. These fees are non-exhaustive and subject to change. 

Permanent Residence Process with Labor Certification: EB-2 Faculty Special Handling

Amount Fee Comments
$3000 Special Handling Labor Certification Legal Fee
$2500 Immigrant Petition Legal Fee

$2500

Premium Processing Service Fee

Optional USCIS filing fee but recommended in all cases

$700

Form I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

USCIS filing fee

Permanent Residence Process: EB-1 Outstanding Professors and Researchers, National Interest Waiver

Amount Fee Comments
$6000 Immigrant Petition Legal Fee

$2500

Premium Processing Service Fee

Optional USCIS filing fee but recommended in all cases

$700

Form I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

USCIS filing fee

Adjustment of Status (any Permanent Residence Process)

$2500

Principal Employee Adjustment of Status and Related Applications

Legal Fee

$1500

Spouse Adjustment of Status (concurrent with I-140)

Legal Fee
$1000 Child Adjustment of Status (concurrent with I-140) Legal Fee

$1225

Form I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status and Biometrics Service Fee USCIS filing fee; applies to all applicants including dependents