The following is intended as a brief overview of the process of permanent residency and does not contain all relevant information. More detailed information is provided on the ISFS website under the specific category of interest.

Employment-Based Permanent Residence

International Scholar and Faculty Services (ISFS) provides administrative support services for employment-based permanent residence applications for OSU international faculty in permanent positions at the University. Only tenure-track academic positions or research positions designated as "permanent" and which have the full and unconditional support of the department/college are eligible for permanent residence petitions. As a general rule, the University will not support permanent residence applications for other occupational classifications; however, the Associate Provost for International Programs will consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Please consult OSU's Permanent Residence Policy for more information.

To initiate a permanent residence petition the department should contact Charlotte Ross, Director of ISFS. The request will be reviewed by the Associate Provost in consultation with the ISFS Director. The Associate Provost must approve OSU sponsorship of the petition before ISFS may begin the permanent residence process. 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 percentage of time, leave of absence, change in job title or duties, or termination) could result in withdrawal of the petition.

Employment-based permanent residence petitions for Oregon State University must be processed through ISFS.  In compliance with state law, the University does not authorize outside attorneys to represent its interests. Only the Associate Provost for International Programs may sign forms related to employment-based permanent residence applications filed on behalf of the University. 

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

The following table shows the two categories of employment-based permanent residency sponsored at Oregon State University and a brief overview of the requirements for each:

Outstanding Professor or Researcher (pdf)

  • Nationally and internationally known in academic field
  • Considered outstanding in 3 of 6 categories
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in the field
  • Must have tenured, tenure-track or comparable position
  • Must be employed full-time

Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees (pdf)

  • Must have teaching duties that involve classroom teaching
  • Must have been selected through open search process
  • Must meet prevailing wage
  • Must meet Dept of Labor criteria for selection
  • Must be employed full-time