International

Supporting a Permanent Residency Petition

UC International endeavors to assist in the immigrant visa process whenever possible.

UC International provides full immigrant visa services for teaching faculty (actual classroom teaching must be involved) and non-teaching permanent professional positions requiring labor certification. 

UC International will not provide immigration assistance for applications based upon

  • the Outstanding Researchers or Professors category, 
  • National Interest Waivers (NIW’s), 
  • marriage to a U.S. citizen or other family based sponsorships, or 
  • the visa diversity lottery.

International employees who desire to apply for these categories should use outside legal counsel to help process the petition.


Application Process

Before beginning this process, both the employee and their supervisor should make an appointment with UC International to discuss the procedure.

All permanent resident requests should be submitted in iBearcatsGlobal. The permanent residency process for faculty and professional positions generally entails three phases. UC International assists with all three:

  1. Labor Certification,
  2. UC’s filing of an I-140 petition requesting an immigrant visa for the foreign national once the Labor Certification Application is approved, and 
  3. The foreign national’s filing of an I-485 application to adjust status to permanent residence.
  • The job must include actual classroom teaching.
  • The position must have been advertised in a national professional journal/publication and this ad must be a paper/print advertisement.
  • The foreign national selected must have been found to have been more qualified than any US workers who applied for the job.
  • The formal offer letter must have been issued within 18 months of the date on which the labor certification application is submitted to the Department of Labor.
  • Copies of the CVs received from all applicants must be retained and provided to UC International for the required audit file.
  • A Report of Recruitment must be prepared, printed on UC letterhead and signed by the Department Head or Dean of the College.
  • At least 30 days prior to the date on which the Labor Certification Application is filed for a faculty or any other union position, a notice of such a filing must be submitted to the union. A sample notice is attached. When calculating the 18 month filing window, it is important to allow time for issuance of the aforementioned Notice of Filing.
  • UC International must obtain a prevailing wage determination from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). This step may be done upon our receipt of the completed forms and supporting documentation. The hiring department must agree that the foreign national will be paid no less than the prevailing wage at the time they receives their green card.
  • Additional recruitment efforts are not required, but if conducted, should be described on the online submission with copies of the advertising.

Advertising Content Requirements

  • Name the employer
  • Direct applicants to report or send resumes to the employer
  • Provide a description of the job duties specific enough to apprise the US workers of the job opportunity
  • Indicate the geographic area of employment with enough specificity to apprise applicants of any travel requirements and where applicants will likely have to reside to perform the job opportunity
  • Salary info is not required (except in the Ohio Means Jobs system), but if advertised, cannot be lower than the prevailing wage rate
  • May not contain any job requirements or duties which exceed the job requirements or duties listed on the Labor Certification Application
  • May not contain wages or terms and conditions of employment less favorable than those offered to the foreign national

Do not place any advertisements before consulting with UC International.

  • In order to qualify for Labor Certification, the U.S. Department of Labor requires UC to prove that no minimally qualified U.S. workers are available to fill the position at the time of filing.
  • An applicant may not be rejected if the worker “can acquire the skills necessary to perform the duties involved in the occupation during a reasonable period of on-the-job training.” US DOL regulations do not define the term “reasonable” period.
  • UC International must obtain a prevailing wage determination from the State of Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Response times vary from days to one month. This should be done prior to the start of any advertising. The hiring department must agree that the foreign national will be paid no less than the prevailing wage at the time they receives their green card.
  • A job order for the position must be placed for 30 days on the ODJFS job bank, referred to as Ohio Means Jobs. The LCA cannot be filed until at least 30 days after the 30 day posting period has ended to allow sufficient time for applicant responses. This recruitment effort must include the salary. Thus, UC International should obtain a prevailing wage determination before the Ohio Means Jobs posting is placed, as the employer cannot advertise or pay a salary below the prevailing wage. 
  • The position must be advertised in two Cincinnati Enquirer Sunday editions. The ads can appear over two consecutive Sundays. If the job is not located in the Cincinnati area, please consult UC International Services for more specific instructions.
  • Three additional recruitment steps must be selected from the following ten options: 
    • Job fairs; 
    • Employer’s website; 
    • Job Search website other than employer’s; 
    • On-campus recruiting; 
    • Print ad with trade or professional organization; 
    • Private employment firm; 
    • Employee referral program; 
    • Campus placement office; 
    • Local and ethnic newspapers; 
    • Radio and television advertisements. 
    • Consult with UC International as to the most appropriate types of advertising and the duration of the ads and related response times for applicants.
  • None of the advertising efforts may have taken place more than 180 days prior to the filing of the Labor Certification Application. One of the three “additional recruitment steps” may take place within 30 days of the LCA filing.
  • Copies of the CVs received from all applicants must be retained and provided to UC International Services for the required audit file.
  • A Report of Recruitment must be prepared, printed on UC letterhead and signed by the Department Head or College Dean. A sample report is provided with these instructions.
  • A notice of filing must be posted for ten consecutive business days in one conspicuous location where the foreign national will work prior to the filing of the Labor Certification Application. If the sponsoring department normally recruits for similar positions through in-house media (electronic or printed), the Notice of Filing must also be placed in such media for 10 consecutive business days, or the department’s normal procedure, whichever is longer. The Labor Certification Application may not be filed any earlier than 30 days after the end of the required 10 day posting period.

Advertising Content Requirements

  • Name the employer
  • Direct applicants to report or send resumes to the employer
  • Provide a description of the job duties specific enough to apprise the U.S. workers of the job opportunity
  • Indicate the geographic area of employment with enough specificity to apprise applicants of any travel requirements and where applicants will likely have to reside to perform the job opportunity
  • Salary info is not required (except in the Ohio Means Jobs system), but if advertised, it can’t be lower than the prevailing wage rate.
  • May not contain any job requirements or duties which exceed the job requirements or duties listed on the Labor Certification Application
  • May not contain wages or terms and conditions of employment less favorable than those offered to the foreign national.

Labor Certification

If hiring for a non-teaching position, these steps work with UC International to get a prevailing wage determination.

Then, hiring departments submit the "Permanent Residency" eForm in iBearcatsGlobal. Attach the necessary documentation outlined based on the position you're hiring. If you don’t already have access to submit eForms, request authorization

Attachments Required from the Hiring Department

  1. A copy of the ad for the position as it appeared in a national journal (print or electronic format). See instructions for advertising content requirements.
  2. Copies of all other recruitment efforts used, including any in-house announcements.
  3. The CVs of each applicant.
  4. A letter signed by the Department Head or Dean outlining the recruitment procedure in detail.The following information must be included in the letter:
    1. Statement about the academic, experience, training and licensing, if applicable for the position.
    2. Summary of recruitment efforts, i.e., ad placement, UC Job Update posting.
    3. Total number of applicants, and the specific job-related reasons why the foreign national is more qualified than each US citizen or permanent resident who applied. Each applicant must be discussed separately.
    4. Statement about the applicant’s educational or professional qualifications and academic achievements.
  5. Copy of offer letter.
  6. Notice of Filing Labor Certification for union positions. OR Notice of Filing Labor Certification for non-union positions (forms available in the Forms tab).

Attachments Required from the Foreign National

  • Current Curriculum Vitae, including publications.
  • Evidence of highest degree conferred. This may be a diploma, transcript, photocopy of these documents or other evidence. If degree is from abroad, evidence that it is equivalent to a U.S. degree may be required.

Documents Needed If a Medical Degree is Required

If a medical degree is required, the ECFMG certificate and USMLE score reports are required and a separate credential evaluation is not required.

  • If prior experience is required, an employment verification letter is necessary. This letter should be on the employer’s letterhead and include the name, address, and title of the writer, and with respect to the foreign national’s former employment, state the position held, specific description of the duties performed and start/end dates.
  • A copy of any required license.
  • A copy of the certificate reflecting completion of any required training, such as a medical residency or fellowship

Attachments Required from the Hiring Department

  1. A copy of the print ads for the position as they appeared in two Sunday editions of the Cincinnati Enquirer (or comparable newspaper for jobs not located in the Greater Cincinnati area). The copy must be of the entire page so that the date and name of the newspaper are included. If requested, The Enquirer will provide tear sheets for the ads. 
  2. A copy documenting the 30 day posting on OhioMeansJobs.com.
  3. Copies of documentation evidencing all other recruitment efforts used. These efforts must include at least three of the following:
    • Job fairs
    • Employer’s website (UC Job Update)
    • Job Search website other than employer’s
    • On-campus recruiting
    • Print ad with trade or professional organization
    • Private employment firm
    • Employee referral program
    • Campus placement office
    • Local and ethnic newspapers
    • Radio and television advertisements
    • Consult with UC International as to the most appropriate types of advertising and the duration of the ads and related response times for applicants.
  4. The CV’s of each applicant.
  5. A letter signed by the Department Head or Dean of the College outlining the recruitment procedure in detail. The following information must be included in the letter:
    1. Statement about the academic, experience, training and licensing, if applicable for the position.
    2. Summary of recruitment efforts, i.e., Enquirer ad placement, UC Job Update posting.
    3. Total number of applicants, and the specific job-related reasons why each US citizen or permanent resident who applied was found not to possess the minimum requirements necessary for the position and setting forth the qualifications of the selected foreign national that establish he/she to be a qualified applicant. Each applicant must be discussed separately..
  6. Copy of offer letter.
  7. Notice of Filing Labor Certification for non-union positions. The Labor Certification Application may not be filed with the Department of Labor any earlier than 30 days after the end of the required 10 day posting period and no later than 180 days after the 10 day posting period has ended. If the sponsoring department normally recruits for similar positions through in-house media (electronic or printed), the Notice of Filing must also be placed in such media for 10 consecutive business days, or the department’s normal procedure, whichever is longer.

Attachments Required from the Foreign National

  • Current Curriculum Vitae, including publications
  • Evidence of highest degree conferred. This may be a diploma, transcript, or other evidence. Photocopies are acceptable. If degree is from abroad, evidence that it is equivalent to a U.S. degree may be required.

Documents Needed If Medical Degree is Required

If a medical degree is required, the ECFMG certificate and USMLE score reports are required and a separate credential evaluation is not required.

  • If prior experience is required, an employment verification letter is necessary. This letter should be on the employer’s letterhead and include the name, address, and title of the writer, and with respect to the foreign national’s former employment, state the position held, specific description of the duties performed and start/end dates.
  • A copy of any required license.
  • A copy of the certificate reflecting completion of any required training, such as a medical residency or fellowship or computer systems certification.