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Immigration and Citizenship Issues

The Statue of Liberty. Photo from the National Park Service (public domain).

As an international faculty member, you are probably trying to navigate the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident of the US (and perhaps eventually a US citizen), even as you are starting your new career. Here is some advice from your peers on dealing with this process and some of the challenges it presents. Because the laws governing citizenship and immigration are subject to change, you should verify this information with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Permanent residency

Becoming a lawful permanent resident is a time-consuming and expensive endeavor (and is a pre-requisite for becoming a US citizen). If you have not yet begun the process, now is the time.

Foreign residence requirement

International travel

Your college-bound children aren't citizens or residents (yet)


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