International Services

Permanent Residency

Employees should first check with their departments to ensure sponsorship, and then they should contact an International Services representative to further inquire about the process.

Note: Employee’s must be on a regular position in order to qualify for permanent residency (e.g. Postdoc’s do not qualify under Immigration Law)


  1. A Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) 18 years and older must carry their LPR Card (Green Card) at all times (INA 264(e).
  2. An LPR must complete an AR-11 within 10 days of changing their address (INA 265(A).
  3. LPR males ages 18-25 must complete form DS-230 for Registration for the Selective Services.


  1. The person was not eligible to receive such status in the first place.
  2. If the Permanent Resident is convicted of a deportable offence.
  3. Abandonment of status.
  4. Inadmissible at time of Adjustment of Status.


The Office of International Services at Brookhaven Lab would like to inform all foreign nationals and interested members of the Lab community about the US Department of State’s Diversity Visa Lottery program. This annual program makes permanent resident visas (green cards) available to persons who fit certain eligibility requirements through a computer-generated, random drawing method. On an annual basis, this program allocates up to 50,000 “diversity lottery” visas, drawn from random selection, to persons from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States.

For fiscal year 2016, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years:

  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China (main-land born)
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom (except N. Ireland)
  • Vietnam

Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible to apply.

The application period—for the 2016 DV Lottery program—starts on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at noon eastern daylight time (EDT) and continues until Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at noon eastern standard time (EST). For more information, read the State Department's Diversity 2016 Instructions or contact the Office of International Services at


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