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Permanent Residency

Before initiating any discussions regarding permanent residence with Drexel as a sponsor, please read the permanent residency policy set forth by the Office of the Provost.

Under Federal law, there are strict requirements applicable to Permanent Residence status for foreign nationals who intend to reside in the United States permanently. There are several bases on which a foreign national may apply for Lawful Permanent Residence status. For this reason, you must use an ISSS appointed immigration attorney for filing the application.

Payment of Costs and Fees Associated with Sponsorship

For planning purposes, foreign nationals seeking sponsorship with Drexel University should be aware that Drexel University is only required to pay the fees the Department of Labor requires sponsoring employers to pay at the time the application is submitted. It is at the discretion of each department as to who pays all other fees such as attorney and filing fees.

Once the PR process has been approved by employee's supervisor, the following template letter must be submitted to ISSS on Drexel letterhead. After receipt of letter, ISSS will seek permission from the Office of the Provost for final approval. After such approval, ISSS will contact employee and department contact with next steps and attorney information.

Template letter:

Today's date

Subir Sahu, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Student Success
Student Life
Enrollment Management & Student Success
Drexel University
3210 Chestnut Street
Creese Student Center, Suite 215
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dear Dr. Sahu:

In accordance with Drexel University's policy/practice regarding the support of non-resident alien employees with an application for Permanent Residency in the United States, I would like to request that the (insert department name) Department and the (insert school ) sponsor (insert employee name in bold) for this benefit.

(Insert employee name) has been appointed as a/an (insert title) with the (insert school). As a/an (insert title), (insert employee name) (insert job description/responsibilities).

It has been confirmed that (insert employee name) will be paid an annual salary of (insert dollar amount). It is understood that notification will be given to International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) of any significant changes to the information listed herein that may negatively affect the applicant's petition for Permanent Residence. This includes, but is not limited to: changes in position, number of hours worked, salary, and separation. Upon notice of separation, the International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) will withdraw the petition for Permanent Residency.

The (insert department) is aware of the fees associated with the labor certification, if needed, and understands the labor certification fee is required to be paid by Drexel University. It is also understood that other general filing and attorney fees will be discussed with the applicant after the initial consultation.

My signature to this letter is affirmation that all the information stated herein is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge.

(Signature of Department head/chair)
(Signature of Dean for DU only)