Sponsor Permanent Residency

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.



Special Handling for Teaching Faculty allows a 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, contact Frank Calabrese. After 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. If you will send the OC-01 Form electronically, please refer to ITS Practices for Protecting Electronic Restricted Data.