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Permanent Residency / Green Card Process at Vanderbilt

Permanent residency is a lengthy and costly process.  The department should consult the following resources before determining if permanent residency is the right step.  Contact ois@vanderbilt.edu (university) or Immigration.vumc@vanderbilt.edu (medical center) with any questions. 

Permanent Residency / Green Card Process at Vanderbilt

  1. Collect the information necessary to complete the request form including: appropriate department contacts, cost center number, employee's country of birth and citizenship, employee's contact information, employee's current status and expiration, job information, CV/resume, qualifying criteria (EB1), qualifying research (NIW) and completed Visa Deemed Export Questionnaire.  
  2. Complete the Permanent Residency Request for University Employees or the Permanent Residency Request for Medical Center Employees.  
  3. A representative of Fragomen will contact the employee for additional information (including the employees immigration history).  
  4. OIS or VUMC Immigration will contact the department, typically within 4 weeks, to confirm the type of case and, if the departments decides to proceed, charge the cost center.  
  5. If the case includes Labor Certification the process will generally take 12-18 months.  See the list of necessary steps here.  If the petition will be in a category not requiring the Labor Certification most interaction will be directly with the employee to request appropriate documentation of qualifications.  These cases are individual and processing times vary widely.  

NOTE: To sponsor an employee for permanent residency that employee must be in a full-time, permanent position (example: fellows do not qualify).