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Self-Sponsored Residency


Employees of the University of Kentucky may be eligible for "self" sponsorship of permanent residency.  The following categories do not require sponsorship by the University of Kentucky.  

Individuals of Extraordinary Ability (EB-1a): These individuals have risen to the very top of their fields of endeavor, as shown by sustained national or international acclaim and recognized achievements. Candidates may self-petition because this category is not based on a specific employer and does not require the University of Kentucky to sponsor the application.

In the National Interest (EB-2b): This category is for individuals whose skills and talents are deemed to be in the national interest. It requires extensive documentation of specific contributions made by the candidate, along with expert opinions from authoritative sources on how these contributions would be in the national interest. Candidates may self-petition or use an employer to petition.  The category is not based on a specific employer and does not require the University of Kentucky to sponsor the application.  However, some departments may wish to consult with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services to determine whether department sponsorship will improve the chances of success.