Including Internationals in Recruitment

A Window of Opportunity for U.S. Permanent Resident Status (Green Card)

When a UCSB Department initiates recruitment for a full-time teaching or staff position (with a Bachelor’s Degree as a minimum requirement), there is a window of opportunity which opens. If the selected applicant is a Foreign National, a bit of advance planning makes it much easier to apply for Permanent Resident Status (green card). The process is Labor Certification.

The process begins with the recruitment itself.  In addition to the usual UCSB required recruitment materials, some additional documentation and clearances will be required. OISS can assist in obtaining these and should be consulted with—ideally at the beginning of the recruitment.

At the point of selection you may learn that your selectee is a foreign national, but if you have made preparations with OISS’s help, as part of your recruitment, your department will be ready. You will have Department of Labor approval for the salary level and the materials necessary for the Labor Certification Application, the groundwork for the green card.

Labor Certification is not permission to work, but rather it is permission granted to an employer or prospective employer to sponsor a foreign national employee for U.S. Permanent Resident status.

The timing and details of recruitment documentation is different for a full-time teaching position and a full-time career staff position.

  1. For a UCSB tenure or tenure-track position, departments will need to show that the foreign national was the best qualified applicant for the position.

  2. For any other full-time career position, departments will need to show that the foreign national was the only applicant who met the minimum requirements for the position.