There is now a new procedure for those international scholars and staff who may be interested in changing their legal status to one of legal permanent residency. In some cases, the hiring UTSA organization will decide to sponsor the international employee for permanent employment authorization.
UTSA colleges, departments, and institutes are increasingly attracting international job applicants and hiring more foreign national faculty and staff members.
The complexity of the permanent residency petitions requires expertise of an immigration attorney. We have established a contract that will allow UTSA to outsource all permanent residency requests to highly competent, outside legal immigration counsel.
Effective immediately, departments desiring to sponsor a foreign national for permanent residency must first complete and submit a UTSA Legal Permanent Residency request form.
- The form must be reviewed , approved and signed by the sponsoring department chair and the college dean (or Vice President, if applicable).
- The request form is then forwarded to the Executive Vice Provost/Senior International Officer via the Office of International Programs for final approval, and subsequent referral to outside counsel by the Office of International Programs. Once referred, the sponsoring department will be contacted by the outside law firm to immediately begin processing the petitioner’s permanent residency petition.
This service will cost hiring departments $3,500 per Legal Permanent Residency petition (EB1 and EB2).
NOTE: The department sponsoring the international scholar for permanent residency will be responsible for payment of this standard legal fee. This $3,500 fee is for attorney costs and services. It does not include the additional federal application processing fees required to be paid to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
Have a new international scholar arriving?
We have a new handbook to help new hires get acclimated to UTSA, San Antonio, and U.S. culture. Feel free to share our new International Scholar Services Welcome Handbook with your incoming international scholars, faculty, and staff.