The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse sponsors foreign
nationals in tenure-track faculty positions for their employment based work
authorization visa (H-1B) and employment based immigrant petition (I-140).
An H-1B visa is granted to a
non-immigrant individual to perform work in a specialty occupation. As defined
by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), a specialty
occupation requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of
specialized knowledge along with a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. H-1B sponsorship by a United States employer
is required in order to obtain an H-1B petition. UW-La Crosse only sponsors foreign nationals
in tenure-track faculty positions for their employment based work authorization
visa (H-1B). The USCIS website provides
detailed information on H-1B Specialty Occupation visas. UW-La Crosse is a cap-exempt institution and not limited
by the annual numerical limit “cap” on available visas.
application process involves several steps outline below:
Shelle Gholson is your contact for immigration.
The purpose of the ETA-9089 Labor Certification (PERM) is to
ensure that qualified US workers have been given the opportunity to apply for
the position, that the foreign national hired was more qualified than all of
the U.S. workers who applied, and that the wage being offered meets the
prevailing wage for the particular occupation.
The Labor Certification Application must be filed within 18 months of
the date of the initial offer letter; otherwise, a completely new ‘market
research’ with national advertising and interviews must be conducted before we
can file for Labor Certification. There is not a fee for filing the Labor
There are several steps in the PERM process:
An I-140 petition is the second step
in the employment based permanent residency process. Once the Labor Certification Application is
approved, an employer files the I-140 on a foreign national employee’s behalf
to obtain a visa number and priority date to allow the foreign national to
apply for change of status to a permanent resident (aka green card holder) via
Form I-485 Adjustment of Status petition.
The hiring department is
responsible for the $580 filing fee. Processing time is currently estimated
at three to four months. For a $1225
fee, premium processing can be added, which will reduce the processing time to
15 business days.
Form I-485 Application to Register Permanent
Residence or Adjust Status is the final stage in the permanent residency
process. Once the I-485 petition is
approved, the applicant becomes a lawful permanent resident of the US. The USCIS website provides detailed
information on the I-485 petition.
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