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Apply for a Green Card

You’ll need to consult with the Office of Global Learning before applying for a “green card” (lawful permanent residency). If you think you want to apply for a green card, please make an appointment to discuss eligibility and filing procedures. 

Read our full policy on how Cornell sponsors eligible candidates for lawful permanent residency.

Cornell University files petitions for lawful permanent residence for international academic staff holding permanent academic positions. Postdoctoral associates or fellows and those with “visiting” or “temporary” in their job titles are not considered permanent employees and do not qualify for Cornell sponsorship. 

Can I use my own lawyer? 

Cornell University does not allow outside attorneys to represent the institution in employment-based permanent residency cases, except under very limited circumstances. In such circumstances, there is a review and approval process for permission. Please contact the Office of Global Learning for information.  

Listen to a podcast by our Senior Associate Director Laura Taylor that guides faculty through the process.