PR Application 11/2011
For the Department of Labor recruitment requirements, see the Labor Certification Process section on pages 7 and 8
of the Permanent Residency Packet.
Jackson State University
Permanent Residency Application Packet
STEP 5: FILING I-140 PETITION WITH U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES
Once the Division of International Studies has received either all the documentation for the support of an EB-1
petition for Outstanding Researcher/Professor or the labor certification approval from the US Department of Labor for
an EB-2 or EB-3 petition, the Jackson State University can file the I-140 Petition for Alien Worker. The I-140 is the
main petition of support for the international employee’s Permanent Residency, though the international employee
must file several other applications to complete the Permanent Residency process.
DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBILITIES: The department’s primary responsibility in preparing the I-140 Petition is
that it must pay the I-140 filing fee of $580, as the I-140 is a petition supported by the Jackson State University.
Departments have the option of Premium Processing for expedited service for an additional fee of $1225. Payment
MUST be processed through JSU Financial Services using the Request for Payment form (included in Enclosure A
section). The Department of Labor has determined that it is illegal to have an international employee pay for
University sponsored employment petitions, even if the employee is to be reimbursed for the expenses. All other
filing fees associated with the Permanent Residency are the responsibility of the international applicant.
The only other responsibility for preparing the I-140 is that the department must write the letter of support for the
international employee. However, the Division of International Studies will assist the international employee in
finalizing the other documents.
EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES: The international employee must submit the following basic documents:
Curriculum Vita/ Resume which includes current address, home country address, statement of work history, and list of publications
Copy of all university-level academic degrees, diplomas, and transcripts/mark sheets.
- Diplomas and transcripts/mark sheets do not have to be originals
- On the back of each photocopy, sign a statement that says “This is a true photocopy and originals are available upon request.”
- Documents not in English must be translated. The Division of International Studies will assist in translating the document.
- Degrees issued by non-U.S. institutions will have to have a foreign credential evaluation.
Copy of Passport Identification Pages (Full-page photocopies ONLY. Do not cut the photocopy to the shape of the passport)
Copies of I-94 Card (FRONT AND BACK)
Copies of current/ most recent Visa Stamp
Copies of all previous I-20’s, DS-2019’s, IAP-66’s, and H-1B or H-4 I-797 Approval Notices
Proof of I-612 waiver of 212(e) Two-Year Home Residency Requirement if currently or previously on J-Visa
Additionally, international applicants who are filing in the EB-1 Outstanding Professor/Researcher or EB-2 Aliens of
Exceptional Ability in the Sciences, Arts, or Business categories must submit significant evidence of their
qualifications, detailed in the Enclosure B section of the Permanent Residency application.
STEP 6: INTERNATIONAL EMPLOYEE FILES FINAL PAPERWORK FOR PR-STATUS
The I-140 Petition for Alien Worker is not the final application for Permanent Residency. It is just the University’s
support of an international employee. Basically, an I-140 approval gives an international employee a valid reason for
being able to apply for a Green Card. Without the University’s approved support, the international employee would
have no legal reason for being able to apply for Permanent Residency.
After the Jackson State University files the I-140 in support of an international applicant for Permanent Residency, the
international employee has two choices for completing the Permanent Residency Process. The first choice is to file
for an adjustment of status to Permanent Residency from within the United States by using the form I-485 Application
to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. The other choice is to process Permanent Residency at a U.S.
Consulate or Embassy through Consular Processing, which involves traveling abroad for an interview in order to
obtain Permanent Residency.