ND-Sponsored Permanent Residency

 Permanent Residency, also known as the Green Card, is an immigrant visa status that allows an individual to live permanently in the United States with the right of employment and the ability to travel in and out of the U.S. There are many different paths to obtaining Permanent Residency, but the University of Notre Dame can petition for only specific employment-based categories.

The categories of Permanent Residence which may be sponsored by the University of Notre Dame are:

  • PERM Special Handling,
  • PERM Professional,
  • EB-1 Outstanding Researcher/Professor,
  • EB-2 Advanced Degree Holders, and
  • EB-2 Exceptional Ability in the Science, Arts, or Business.

With the academic unit’s approval, TPAC-RL faculty and Staff positions may be eligible to apply for an employment-based permanent residency petition after three years in the position for which the petition would be filed. The position must be considered permanent (as defined in the immigration regulations) and the academic unit is required to pay all fees related to the labor certification phase of the process.

Responsibility for Legal & Filing Fees

At Notre Dame, the academic unit pays for all costs associated with filings made by the employer, which includes the government filing fees for I-140 immigrant worker petitions and premium processing (if available and requested by the department), advertising for the labor certification, courier costs, and applicable outside counsel fees. Outside immigration counsel must be retained by the University, and ISSA facilitates the relationship between the academic unit and outside immigration counsel. More information regarding fees can be found here

Filing the I-485

If an I-140 petition is approved, the employee will then be eligible to file Form I-485, Application for Adjustment of Status, and paying all applicable filing and attorney fees. Note that, if there is a backlog for the employee’s home country and the filing category of the permanent residency petition, the employee will not be able to file an I-1485 petition until their priority date becomes current. The I-485 is considered a personal petition to the employee and is not sponsored or filed by the University. It is highly recommended that employees retain an immigration attorney to assist with preparation and filing of the I-485 petition.

Regulatory timeline for filing, if applicable

For some categories of employment-based permanent residency petitions for tenure and tenure-track faculty members, a petition must be filed within 18 months of the employee’s selection for the position so it is important that the academic unit and/or the employee contact ISSA to discuss the process as soon as possible after the employee’s arrival at Notre Dame.

Please review the chart below for the University's policy on employment based permanent residency petitions and timelines: 

Position Type Timelines/Permanent Residency Eligibility

Teaching and Research Faculty

(Tenure or Tenure Track)


The University does not represent faculty or family members during the final phase of the process (I-485)

TPAC-RL faculty

(Non-tenure Track)


  • After 3 years in the position with department approval
  • Must be "permanent" position
  • Must use outside counsel
  • Department required to pay labor certification fees
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research Associate, Senior Research Associate NO
Staff Positions


  • After 3 years in the position with department approval
  • Must be "permanent" position
  • Must use outside counsel
  • Department required to pay labor certification fees


Visiting Scholars

Visiting Faculty