A Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) is an immigrant with “legally recognized and lawfully recorded” permission to live and work in the United States permanently. This status is commonly referred to by different terms, including: LPR, immigrant, permanent resident, and green card holder.
Generally, LPRs have the some of the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as U.S. citizens. LPRs may buy and sell property, own and operate businesses, and may be drafted into the military if a draft is in effect. However, LPRs are not eligible to vote in government elections, serve on juries at trials, or hold some elected offices or government jobs.
There are different categories under which an individual can obtain LPR status. You can find more information on some of these categories from the links below:
As described above, there are several avenues available for permanent residence applicants. The University of Delaware, in partnership with the immigration law firm of Goldblum & Hess, only provides legal counsel and assistance in the preparation and submission of employment-based petitions to eligible university employees who UD is sponsoring for a green card based on employment at the University of Delaware.
Departments wishing to sponsor a university employee for employment-based LPR must contact and coordinate petitions via the University of Delaware’s Payroll, Records Management & HR-IT department.
More information regarding the university’s sponsorship policy can be found at http://www.udel.edu/prm/residency.html
Individuals interested in applying for an LPR category other than the ones processed by the University of Delaware must either hire an immigration attorney or file the petitions and applications on their own. The university cannot advise on these other LPR categories, but more information is available on the USCIS and Department of State websites referenced in the “LPR Categories” section above.
All non-immigrant visa petitions and applications requiring University sponsorship or support (including O-1 petitions) are processed by OISS or by the law firm of Goldblum and Hess. Goldblum and Hess is the immigration law firm officially retained by the University’s Office of General Counsel and all University sponsored non-immigrant visas not processed by University staff must be processed by this law firm. All applications for permanent residency sponsored by the University will be processed and coordinated by UD’s HR department with the assistance of the law firm of Goldblum and Hess. This has been university policy since January 1, 2010: http://www.udel.edu/prm/residency.html.
Immigration law is complex and changes frequently. Therefore, locating a good immigration attorney is important. You will likely spend considerable time and money working with your immigration attorney. Do your research regarding fees, processing times, and general reviews before choosing an attorney. There are circumstances in which a person can successfully file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) without the help of an immigration attorney. If you decide to file a petition on your own, you may want to pay for a one-time, initial consultation with a qualified immigration lawyer to review your case.
The University of Delaware has retained the services of Goldblum & Hess for University of Delaware sponsored petitions and applications. We encourage other foreign national employees pursuing permanent residency without UD sponsorship to take advantage of their services. UD employees might be eligible for reduced fees.
Resources that can help you with finding an immigration attorney:
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