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Sample Memo Requesting ISSS to obtain permanent residency for a researcher

M E M O R A N D U M

TO: International Student and Scholar Services
FROM: Dr. John Smith, Chair, Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences Department (APAS)
SUBJECT: Processing a Green Card application for Dr. Jane Doe
DATE: 11/1/2013

The Department of APAS requests the assistance of ISSS in filing a permanent residency petition (green card) for Dr. Jane Doe, a Research Associate in APAS.

Due to her many contributions and her key role in our research work here, we are making a commitment to hiring Dr. Doe for the long term and indefinite future. We would like for the University to move forward and begin the process of obtaining permanent residency (a green card) for Dr. Jane Doe.

We understand that in order to initiate the process of the green card, we need to have a permanent, fulltime position for Dr. Doe. I attest to the following:

1. Dr. Doe's position is not a postdoctoral position

2. It is a long term and indefinite position

3. It is fulltime (100% FTE)

4. Funding for the position is reasonably assured for the next 5 years.

We understand that this is a basic criteria for filing for permanent residency for an alien, and that without a fulltime, permanent position, we would not be able to file this petition.