Services for International Employees & Scholars


Permanent Residency (PR), often referred to as a green card, authorizes a foreign national to live and work in the United States indefinitely.  There are various means through which people may apply for green cards; family-based petitions, National Interest Waivers, Diversity Visa Lottery and Employment-Based petitions.

The University of Kansas International Programs office facilitates the Employment-Based petitions of eligible employees in both Employment-Based first preference (EB-1-2) and Employment-Based second preference (EB-2) categories. For eligibility criteria please see the KU Policy on Immigration Related Petitions.

Processing Overview

Stage 1:  Labor Certification

                        Standard Labor Certification for non-teaching positions (EB-2)

                        Special Handling Labor Certification for teaching positions (EB-2)

NOTE:  Outstanding Professor/Researcher (EB-1-2) petitions skip the Labor Certification stage

Stage 2: Immigrant Visa Petition (I-140)

Stage 3: Adjustment of Status Application (I-485)

Processing Note

All employment-based PR applications filed by KU must be processed by, or directed by, International Programs.  Hiring departments may not prepare or sign immigration documents or labor certification applications.  Outside attorneys may not prepare or file applications or petitions on behalf of KU unless previously approved by International Programs.


While most university-sponsored applications are successfully adjudicated, International Programs cannot guarantee a green card to an employee.  The permanent residency application process can take years to complete, depending on the type of case and fluctuations in government agency processing times.  During the entire PR process, until the employee is granted a green card, it is strongly recommended that the employee maintain his/her nonimmigrant status (e.g. H-1B, J-1, O-1, TN) by requesting an extension of stay.

International Calendar

Founded in 1964 as part of a Ford Foundation campus internationalization grant
One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
Each semester, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students
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