Labor Certification Checklist

In order to complete the first stage of the green card, the Labor Certification, the following items must be sent to OISS. With faculty members new to Yale OISS will be working on both an H-1B Temporary Worker visa to get them started at Yale, and at the same time process the green card Labor Certification steps. Because the EB-2 process requires some documents from the department, and others directly from the new faculty member there are two lists below. To see the list of application fees related to the green card please skip to the bottom of this page.

Check List for Department Administrators:

1. New faculty hire

Please inform OISS of any new teaching faculty hire as soon as possible since the is a 18-month deadline. The best practice is to let OISS know as soon as it has been determined that there is an international finalist - even before any offer is extended. This way OISS can manage the process without risk of missing deadlines. Please contact parker.emerson@yale.edu.

2. Recruitment advertisements

Copy of print advertisements used in the specific recruitment cycle that recruited you to Yale. The journal name and publication date must be visible on all copies. Online advertisements have specific requirements.

3. Offer letter

Copy of the original, signed job offer letter on department letterhead.

4. Recruitment statement

Recruitment Statement [PDF] prepared by the hiring department.

5. Notice of Filing

Notice of Filing with posting dates (this is generated in OISS and sent out with posting instructions)

6. Employment letter

Yale letter of permanent employment. This is a short statement specifically for the green card application.

7. Shipping & Fees

Pre-paid courier shipping label, and any filing fees the department will pay (see list below).


Courier shipping label if using regular processing:

Department of Homeland Security, USCIS

Attn: AOS

2501 S. State Highway 121

Business Suite 400

Lewisville, TX 75067

 1-800-375-5283

Courier shipping label if using Premium Processing (see fee listed below):

Department of Homeland Security, USCIS

Texas Service Center

Premium Processing Unit

4141 North St. Augustine Road

Dallas, TX 75227

 1-800-375-5283


Check List for International Faculty Member:

1.Highest degree 

Copy of highest degree (e.g. PhD or M. D. ) If the degree was issued by a school outside the U.S. a Credential Evaluation must be requested and paid for by the faculty member. Contact OISS for a list of companies. In some cases USCIS wants to see actual transcripts from your school.

2.Certificates

For Clinical Faculty: Copy of CT Medical License, USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3, ECFMG Certificates (including English Language requirement), Fellowship Training Certificates, Residency Certificates. Other materials may be required depending on the wording in the original print advertisement.

3.Employment history form

Please complete and submit this form [PDF].

Application Fees

NOTE: Each fee must be written on a separate check. For Yale checks please refer to the check request chart.

The checks should be made out to U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and should be addressed to the Premium or the regular processing USCIS address above.