Permanent Residence

Live and work in the U.S. permanently

If you want to live and work in the United States permanently, you may be eligible for permanent resident status. Permanent residents receive a permit that enables them to remain in the United States indefinitely. This permit is commonly referred to as the “green card.”

Conditions of permanent residence

Permanent residents do not have all of the rights of U.S. citizens. For example, they cannot vote in most elections and do not qualify for some types of federal aid.

There are some conditions after you become a permanent resident. If you will be outside of the United States for more than 365 straight days you will need to apply for authorization before your departure. Being outside of the United States for extended periods may affect your permanent resident status. Learn more about absences from the United States.

Permanent residence petition fee

In order for the university to pursue permanent residence on behalf of an IU employee, the hiring department must agree to and confirm acceptance of the responsibility to pay fees associated with the case. We charge the following fees to the hiring department.


Special handling labor certification$2,000
Outstanding professor or researcher$2,750

The Office of the Vice President and General Counsel files some permanent residence petitions. See their website for more information on current rates.