University of California, Riverside

International Students and Scholars Office



UCR Immigration Policy


I. Policy Objective and Overview

According to federal regulations, universities may sponsor international academic and staff employees for non-immigrant and immigrant employment –based visas for the purpose of providing a basis for lawful presence and lawful employment in the United States.  Therefore, UCR shall assume certain responsibilities to ensure the lawful employment of international academic employees and staff employees as outlined in the following policy.

A. Lawful Permanent Residence

The ISC shall provide immigration services for immigrant visa categories available to international academic and staff employees, in accordance with the policy, for the purpose of obtaining Lawful Permanent Residence (“LPR”).  The ISC shall work with the University of California Office of the President (“UCOP”) approved attorneys to select the employment-based LPR visa categories on a case by case and to prepare all UCR sponsored LPR Petitions.

B. Non-immigrant Visas

The ISC shall provide immigration services for non-immigrant visa categories available to staff positions in accordance with UCR policy for the purpose of obtaining lawful presence in the United States and temporary employment status.

II. Policy Implementation and Review Responsibility

The International Scholar Center (“ISC”) is charged with the responsibility of applying the UCR Immigration Policy to all immigration matters to ensure equity for international academic employees and staff across campus and to ensure compliance with federal immigration laws.

Appeals to decision made in accordance with the UCR immigration policy may be as follows:

  • Appeals to decisions on academic employees may be made to the Vice Provost of Academic Personnel.
  • Appeals to decisions on staff may be made to the Vice Chancellor for Administration.

III. Academic Employees

A. Lawful Permanent Residence

A. 1. Eligibility and Financial Responsibility

UCR currently assumes financial responsibility for expenses incurred by ladder-rack faculty for LPR petitions prepared by attorneys who have been approved by UCOP for the representation of UCR interests in immigration matters.   UCR shall not assume financial responsibility nor shall UCR sponsor LPR petitions prepared by attorneys who have not been subject to UCOP approval procedures.

UCR shall not be financially responsible for the immigration costs of other academics and dependents, but the ISC shall provide assistance for those individuals seeking LPR.

A. 2. Ladder-Rank Faculty LPR Petitions

LPR petition expenses, including attorney fees, filling fees and ISC Fees, shall be funded by the Dean’s office of the college in authority over the department employing the international faculty member and should not exceed $8000.  If the LPR case expenses exceed $8000, then the LPR petition beneficiary/faculty member shall be responsible for such additional charges.  The ISC shall be responsible for collecting all fees in excess of $8000 for the international faculty member. 

A. 3. Other Permanent Positions

For academic positions deemed ineligible for financial support by the college dean’s office, or other control unit, those individuals in academic positions which have the expectation of permanency may assume financial responsibility, including attorney fees, filing fees and ISC fees and may receive UCR sponsorship and assistance in immigration matters for LPR petitions for a fee.

A. 4. Temporary Positions

Individuals in temporary academic positions are ineligible for UCR sponsorship for LPR petitions, but may contact ISC directly for assistance in developing immigration strategies.

B. Non-Immigrant Visas for Academic Positions

The ISC shall provide immigration services for non-immigrant visa categories available to international academics, in accordance with UCR policy for the purpose of obtaining lawful presence in the United States and temporary employment status for international academics.

B. 1. Eligibility

The ISC shall provide immigration services to ladder-rank faculty as well as to permanent academic and temporary academic positions to procure the following categories of non-immigrant visas: H-1B, J-1, E-3, TN and O-1. The ISC shall determine the appropriate visa selection based on the visa request and other factors.  The increments of time available in each visa category vary. Therefore the ISC shall determine the appropriate duration for the visa application based on the request and immigration laws.

UCR shall not sponsor non-immigrant visa applications or provide University funds for immigration matters for dependents of faculty or other academics. However, the ISC may provide administrative assistance to international academics to procure lawful status for dependents, for a fee.

IV. Staff Positions  

A. Lawful Permanent Residence

A. 1. Eligibility

Individuals in staff positions considered critical to the UCR academic research mission may be eligible for LPR sponsorship. The ISC shall determine which staff positions are eligible for UCR sponsored LPR petitions based on immigration laws. “Permanent staff”, for immigration purposes, is defined as those positions which have the “expectation of permanency” notwithstanding definite or indefinite funding for the salary of the position.

UCR shall not assume financial responsibility nor shall UCR sponsor LPR petitions prepared by attorneys who have not been subject to UCOP approval procedures for representation of UCR in immigration matters

A. 2. ISSO Assistance for Staff Positions Ineligible for UCR financial Support

For staff positions deemed ineligible for financial support by the college dean’s office, or other control unit, those individuals in staff appointments, which have the expectation of permanency and are considered critical to the UCR academic or research mission, may assume financial responsibility, including attorney fees, filing fees, and ISSO fees, and may receive UCR sponsorship and assistance in immigration matters for LPR petitions, for a fee.

A. 3. Temporary Staff Positions

Individuals in temporary, staff positions are ineligible for UCR sponsorship for LPR petitions, but may contact ISC directly for assistance in developing immigration strategies.

B. Non-immigrant Visas

B. 1. Eligibility

The ISC shall determine the appropriate visa selection based on the visa request and eligibility in accordance with immigration laws. The ISC shall provide immigration services to staff positions to procure the following categories of nonimmigrant visas: H-1B, E-3, TN and O-1. In each visa category, the increments of time available vary. Therefore, the ISC shall determine the appropriate duration for the visa application based on the request and immigration laws.

UCR shall not sponsor nonimmigrant visa applications or provide UCR funds for immigration matters for dependents of staff. However, the ISC may provide administrative assistance to international staff to procure lawful status for dependents, for a fee.

 

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International Students and Scholars Office
0321 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-4113
Fax: (951) 827-3248
E-mail: internationalscholars@ucr.edu

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