Permanent Residents

Hiring International Faculty and Researchers

UC Merced assumes a considerable responsibility under immigration law when it sponsors international faculty or researchers for permanent resident status. We ask departments to exercise care and use the employment authority of the University to request immigration benefits only when it is consistent with the university’s goals, programs and standards and within the context of immigration laws.

U.S. immigration law emphasizes protecting jobs for U.S. workers and makes it very difficult to bring workers to the this country even if they are highly qualified and badly needed. Office of International Affairs staff are committed to assisting departments and scholars with any issues related to immigration. We cannot change the laws, but we make it our business to provide maximum guidance through these complicated legal procedures.

Departments and sponsoring faculty members need to be aware that the penalty for knowingly providing false information on an immigration application is a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment for up to five years (Title 18, US Code, Section 1001).You will understand why we must receive complete documentation for every application we file for immigration benefits.

Information and Forms

The following information materials will assist departments who may or will be hiring international faculty or researchers:

Overview & Eligibility PR Status Request Documents
Employer Requirements Fee and Processing Timelines