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UTSA COLFA student receives Gilman Award

Katilyn Sanders ’17 arrived at UTSA’s campus and wasn’t really sure she made the right decision.  The Lubbock, Texas, native loves opera: the poetry of it, the drama of it, the costumes and fashion, the theatrical aspect of it.  Katilyn Sanders 2015 Gilman Scholar

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Scholar - Request for Outside Legal Counsel Permanent Residency Petition

UTSA hiring departments desiring to sponsor a foreign national for permanent residency must first complete and submit a UTSA Legal Permanent Residency request form.


  1. The form must be reviewed, approved and signed by the sponsoring department chair and the college dean (or Vice President, if applicable).

  2. The request form is then forwarded to the Executive Vice Provost/Senior International Officer via the Office of International Programs for final approval, and subsequent referral to outside counsel by the Office of International Programs.  Once referred, the sponsoring department will be contacted by the outside law firm to immediately begin processing the petitioner's permanent residency petition.

This service will cost hiring departments $3,500 per Legal Permanent Residency petition (EB1, EB2, and Special Handling). 

NOTE: The department sponsoring the international scholar for permanent residency will be responsible for payment of this standard legal fee.  This $3,500 fee is for attorney costs and services.  It does not include the additional federal application processing fees required to be paid to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

Total cost without physical examination is $7,635.  $3,500 (attorney costs) plus $4,135 (USCIS fees).  


  • Download the form and handouts.  Go to File/Save As in your browser to save the form to your desktop so that you may retain changes and email the form to others.

Note: DO NOT STAPLE THE DOCUMENTS. Please use a binder clamp or paperclip so that the documents can be copied easily.

Sample USCIS Filing Fees for Legal Permanent Residency

I-140 (Petition) $700.00 
Premium processing $1,225.00 (optional)
  I-485 (Adjustment of Status) $1,140.00
Biometrics (photos and fingerprints) $85.00
I-693 Cost of Physical Exam
I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) $410.00
I-131 (Application for Advance Parole Travel Document) $575.00






NOTE:  Fees are subject to change by USCIS