Georgia Tech only sponsors individuals for Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status when the application is based on permanent, professional employment at Tech. Foreign national employees must meet the qualifications for one of the following categories:

  • EB-1 (Employment-based, 1st Preference) 
  • EB-2 (Employment-based, 2nd Preference)

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For an EB-1 (Employment-based, 1st Preference) petition, the foreign national employee (FNE) must be able to establish their eligibility as an outstanding Professor or Researcher.

Outstanding Professor or Researcher


Georgia Tech only files special handling EB-2 special handling (PERM) applications for permanent full-time teaching positions.

PERM Requirements

 Please Note

  • State law prohibits Georgia Tech from hiring private attorneys.

  • Employees may not hire attorneys to file a PR petition naming Georgia Tech as the petitioner without express permission from Global HR.

  • The Manager of Global HR or his/her designee is the only authorized signatory for a Georgia Tech sponsored employment-based permanent residency petition.