Permanent Residence ("Green Card")

Legal permanent residency (LPR) is the right to live and work as a non-US citizen indefinitely and is commonly referred to as having a “green card.” 

There are different reasons to have LPR, some of which are the following:

  1. Through the petition of a close relative.

  2. Winning the diversity lottery

  3. Through a self-sponsored petition to have your work recognized as in the National Interest as an individual with extraordinary ability or skills. 

  4. Successful application for political asylum

  5. Through a petition of an employer

Sponsorship at Brandeis- Tenure Track Faculty

While tenure track faculty may begin working at Brandeis on F-1 OPT, J-1 Academic Training, or H-1B status, eventually, all tenure track faculty who are foreign nationals will need permanent residency status to continue their employment at Brandeis.  The provost grants the ISSO permission to begin LPR petitions as soon as individuals are hired as tenure track faculty.  Since all tenure track positions are considered permanent (lasting at least 2 years into the future) and employees intend to remain in the position, faculty are eligible for LPR. 
The permanent residency process can take anywhere from 8 months to 3 years depending on a variety of factors. While staff typically must wait several years before beginning the process, we encourage all tenure track faculty to begin this process in the first year after joining Brandeis. 

Sponsorship at Brandeis - Staff and Researcher Roles

In limited circumstances Brandeis staff or researchers may qualify for LPR, but this is at the discretion of the manager.

Categories of Sponsorship

With employment-based sponsorship at Brandeis, there are three ways to become a Permanent Resident. 
EB-1B Outstanding Researcher or Professor
EB-2 PERM Labor certification
EB-2 PERM Special Handling for Faculty



If you have any questions regarding the policies or procedures outlined above, please feel free to contact Jodi Hanelt, Executive Director of the International Students and Scholars Office, by phone (781-736-3480) or via