Permanent residency for international scholars

There are several avenues available for permanent residence applicants, the most common forms of employment-based applications for University of Nevada, Reno employees are:

  • Outstanding Professors and/or Researchers (EB-1)
  • Special Handling for Teaching Faculty (EB-2)

General requirements for residency applications

  • Must be sponsored by your employer/department
  • I-140 fee must be paid by employer
  • Position must be "permanent". Permanent is defined as "either tenured, tenure-track, or for a term of indefinite or unlimited duration, and in which the employee will ordinarily have an expectation of continued employment unless there is good cause for termination". 8 C.F.R. 204.5(i)(2).

OISS does not currently have the staff to file these applications for University employees. We initiate communication between a University approved immigration attorney and the department for PR applications.

Role of the department in PR applications

The department is responsible for the collection of documents and ensuring payment of fees to the attorney and USCIS.

Steps for referral to University approved immigration attorney

  • The department will contact the OISS (Adilia Ross at and Wilson Atalor at to request the immigration attorney referral form.
  • Once the referral form is submitted to OISS, OISS will send the department the selected attorney’s intake form. The department is responsible for getting the form completed and sending the form with supporting documents to OISS.
  • OISS will forward the referral form, intake form, and supporting documents to the selected attorney and notify Human Resources of the referral.
  • The attorney will follow up with the department.

EB-1 and Eb-2 residence application overview