This category is generally reserved to employees with an offer of permanent employment and evidence that there are no qualified US workers for the position. Most categories require the filing of a Labor Certification Application , but some do not. For more information about the different employment-based categories, click here.
As a general rule, Clemson University will use one of the following methods to sponsor its employees:
1. Employment Based 1 Priority Workers
Does not require the filing of a Labor Certification
Outstanding Professor / Researcher (Clemson University sponsored)
- Have an offer of employment for a tenure or tenure-track position. The USCIS defines a “permanent” position as one that is either “tenure or tenure track, or for a term of indefinite or unlimited duration, and in which the employee will ordinarily have an expectation of continued employment unless there is good cause for termination.” Visiting Faculty, Lecturers, employee-in-training appointments and Research Fellows are not considered permanent.
- Demonstrate international recognition for your outstanding achievements in a particular academic field.
- Have more than 3 years’ experience in teaching and/or postdoctoral research in that academic field.
- Have a strong record of publications
- Be the recipient of prizes, awards and other recognition.
At least 2 of the following documents:
- Evidence of receipt of major prizes or awards for outstanding achievement
- Evidence of membership in associations that require their members to demonstrate outstanding achievement
- Evidence of published material in professional publications written by others about the alien's work in the academic field.
- Evidence of participation, either on a panel or individually, as a judge of the work of others in the same or allied academic field
- Evidence of original scientific or scholarly research contributions in the field.
- Evidence of authorship of scholarly books or articles (in scholarly journals with international circulation) in the field
To apply for a Clemson University sponsored Outstanding Professor / Researcher, Click here .
2. Employment Based 2 Advanced Degree Professionals and Aliens of Exceptional Ability (Clemson University sponsored)
Optional Special Selection and Recruitment
This option is reserved to teaching faculty. It was created to ease the labor certification process and the “better qualified” standard is the goal of the recruitment.
1. The application must be filed within 18 months of the selection
2. The position must include actual classroom teaching
3. Clemson must show that the employee was recruited because s/he was more qualified than any other U.S. worker who applied for the position
4. Copy of the Print ad
5. Recruitment report
To apply for a Clemson University sponsored Optional Special Selection and Recruitment, Click here
Permanent Alien Labor Certification for Advanced Degree Holders
For those who do not qualify as Outstanding Professor/Researchers or Optional Special Selection and Recruitment)
Applicants must have an advanced degree (Ph.D., Master’s, a baccalaureate plus 5 years progressive work experience in the field).
1st step: Labor Certification Application filed with the Department of Labor (DOL). The purpose of the labor certification application is to demonstrate that the foreign national employee was selected through a competitive recruitment and selection process and no able, willing or qualified US workers was found for the position. This step is not necessary for an application filed under the Outstanding Professor/Researcher, Extraordinary Ability or National-Interest Waiver categories.
Please Note: Under the new DOL regulation, the employer must pay all costs associated with the preparation and filing of the labor certification. An employer may not be paid or reimbursed for any fee incurred in the preparation and filing of the labor certification.
2nd step: The Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker is filed. The approved Labor Certification Application supporting the I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker must be filed within 180 days of approval or it will expire
3rd step: Application for Adjustment of Status : This is the filing of the actual “Green Card” application. The foreign national employee is responsible for the last step of this process and will use an attorney of his/her choice.
To apply for a Clemson University sponsored Permanent Alien Labor Certification for Advanced Degree Holders, Click here