Permanent Resident.

Travel Advisory regarding Advance Parole.

Based on information currently available to UB Immigration Services it is strongly advised that no international faculty who currently possess an advance parole document should present that document at the time of re-entry into the U.S. International faculty should enter the U.S. based only upon their H-1B visa.

UB Immigration Services, a branch of the Office of International Education, files employment-based permanent residency filings on behalf of international academic and research staff holding permanent positions.  Most academic positions are filed under the "Special Handling" provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor or under the "Outstanding Professor / Researcher" provisions of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.  Researchers holding permanent titles, such as Research Assistant Professor or Research Scientist, are filed under the "Outstanding Researcher" category. 

All individuals holding academic or research titles who are interested in pursuing permanent residency through the University at Buffalo or the Research Foundation, must schedule a meeting with UB Immigration Services as described in the information provided below.  Individuals with "regular classroom teaching duties" who wish to pursue permanent residency through Special Handling have a window of 18 months from the day that their letter of offer is issued to the day that the labor certification application must be filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. These individuals must schedule a meeting with UBIS within one year of the issuance of the letter of offer.

Pursuant to SUNY Board of Trustees Policy 8500 only UB Immigration Services is authorized to file permanent residency petitions with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of Labor on behalf of employees of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Research Foundation of SUNY at Buffalo, and University at Buffalo Foundation. 

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The information contained on this web page is provided as a service to the international faculty, researchers, staff, employees and administrators of University at Buffalo, and does not constitute legal advice on any immigration, tax, or other matter. We try to provide useful information, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this web site or any associated site. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and laws are constantly changing, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent counsel. Neither the University at Buffalo nor the Office of UB Immigration Services is responsible for any errors or omissions contained on this web page, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.


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