A Green Card or Permanent Resident Card serves as proof of a person's lawful permanent resident status in the United States. An individual with a Green Card has the right to live and work permanently in the United States. For a postdoctoral fellow, besides the benefit of extending the work permit beyond the 6-year limit of a H1-B visa, it provides eligibility to federal funding via several governmental grants (e.g., the NIH NRSA grants that are specifically offered to postdoctoral fellows). Emory University can only sponsor green cards for tenure-track positions and not for postdocs by definition. However, the same definition allows other benefits and training for postdocs. Therefore, for getting a green card, postdocs need to self-petition in one of the employment-based application categories. A lawyer is often used for this application, which is why we invited an ISSP-recommended immigration attorney, Karen Weinstock*, to talk about eligibility, requirements and other technical details of such an application. An Emory postdoc from IPC, Lara Pereira, will also give a few pointers from her own recent experience of obtaining a green card. All international postdocs, scholars and students are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Lisa Flowers by Tuesday, Dec 8th.
I want to acknowledge the current IPC members: Alexandre R. Franco, G. Hima Bindu, Patricia Paola Jumbo Lucioni, Lara Pereira, and Shuzhao Li, and the OPE: Dr. Mary DeLong and especially Lisa Flowers for their help in organizing this event. Among upcoming events, IPC is currently organizing a monthly postdoc presentation event and an information session on available funding options for international postdocs. Please note that the IPC is open to all postdocs and we would like to hear your input and suggestions for these future events. Please feel free to email me (cgunay at emory.edu) or other IPC members for further information.
Hope to see you at the Green Card info session!
* The material to be presented by Karen Weinstock was prepared by her, and has not been reviewed or approved by Emory University for accuracy or appropriateness. This material is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily best, methods or procedures appropriate for the business contracting situations discussed, but rather is intended to present an approach or opinion which may be helpful. Emory does not endorse the use of Karen Weinstock's legal services.