Special Handling Labor Certification

General Overview

Foreign nationals who have been selected through a competitive recruitment and selection process and who occupy certain teaching positions may be eligible to seek permanent residency through PERM Special Handling Labor Certification.  Please schedule an appointment with the Director of UBIS in order to determine if your position qualifies for Special Handling. 

Under this process, there are three steps to permanent residency:

(1)The preparation and submission of a PERM Special Handling Labor Certification Application to the U.S. Department of Labor.  The Application must be filed with DOL within 18 months of the issuance of the letter of offer. The hiring department must demonstrate to the U.S. Department of Labor that, after a competitive recruitment and selection process, the foreign national was found to be more qualified than any of the U.S. workers who had applied for the position.

(2)The preparation and submission of an Immigrant Petition to U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). The hiring department, with the assistance of UBIS, petitions USCIS for permanent residency on behalf of the international employee.

(3)The preparation and submission of an Adjustment of Status Application.  After approval of the Immigrant Petition, the international employee applies to “adjust” or change his/her temporary status to permanent. At the end, the individual receives the so-called “green card.”


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Email: immsvcga@buffalo.edu        Tel. Number: (716) 645-2355