O-1 and PR Sponsorship

UMB departments may wish to hire or retain faculty and highly specialized scientific staff who are non-immigrants and who will not be eligible for U.S. employment due to the lack of an appropriate non-immigrant visa.

To secure further employment eligibility after expiration of non-immigrant visas, the University, relying upon the strong academic and scientific record of an employee, can join with highly skilled employees in seeking permanent resident status under the theory of outstanding professor or researcher, or in seeking an O-1 visa. These steps require employer petitions prepared by UMB’s legal counsel. Legal counsel must be engaged by the Office of University Counsel. Fees and costs are the department’s responsibility and are charged to departments by journal entry. Costs vary but in general are $6,500 to $9,000 as of the end of 2016. Deans’ offices must review credentials of the employees involved and certify that the school considers the employees to have the superior credentials required for the petitions to be likely to succeed.

Schools and departments may seek further information from Dorothy Trueheart-Griffin, paralegal, in the Office of University Counsel. Phone: 410-706-5353. Email: dtrueheart@umaryland.edu.

The University does not sponsor permanent residency petitions requiring labor certification, which is a more difficult, time-consuming, and expensive procedure.

Any questions from administrators about seeking permanent resident status or O-1 visas should be addressed to Trueheart-Griffin. The Office of University Counsel does not directly advise current or prospective faculty or scientific staff.