Effective June 1, 2016 Oregon State University (OSU) will outsource the processing of all new employment-based permanent residence petitions (PR) to outside immigration counsel vetted by the University. Department of Labor special handling certifications and corresponding EB-2 petitions already in process will continue to be processed by OSU International Programs.  All EB-1 Outstanding Professor/Researcher PR petitions will be transferred to outside counsel.

 The following is intended as a brief overview of the process of applying for employment-based PR and contains only general information. More detailed information will be provided by immigration counsel  after a PR petition is initiated by the hiring College.

Employment-Based Permanent Residence

Eligible positions:

  • tenure-track academic positions
  • research positions designated as "permanent”

As a general rule, the University will not support permanent residence applications for other occupational classifications; however, the Vice Provost for the Division of International Programs will consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Please consult OSU's Permanent Residence Policy for more information.

To initiate a PR petition, contact the Assistant Director of scholar/faculty services in International Programs. The request will be reviewed by the Vice Provost. The University reserves the right to withhold OSU sponsorship if the applicant does not meet the necessary criteria for an employment-based petition.  Any change in employment status during the application process (reduction of FTE, leave of absence, change in job title or duties, or termination) could result in withdrawal of the petition.

Employment-based permanent residence petitions for OSU must be processed through International Programs.  The University does not authorize outside attorneys to represent its interests. Only the Vice Provost for International Programs may sign forms related to employment-based PR petitions filed on behalf of the University. 

At-A-Glance: OSU Employment-Based Visa Sponsorship

The following table shows the two most common categories of employment-based permanent residency sponsored by OSU and provides a brief overview of the requirements for each. Immigration counsel will provide additional details.

EB-1 Outstanding Professor/Researcher

EB-2 Members holding Advance Degrees with Special Handling Labor Certifications

  • Nationally and internationally known in academic field
  • Considered outstanding in 2 of 6 categories
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in the field
  • Must have tenured, tenure-track or comparable position
  • Must be employed full-time
  • Must have teaching duties that involve classroom teaching
  • Must have been selected through open search process
  • Must meet prevailing wage
  • Must meet Department of Labor criteria for selection
  • Must be employed full-time