[TACRAO] Listserv Permanent Residency question

Jenkins, Robert Robert.Jenkins at uth.tmc.edu
Fri Jun 5 12:16:28 CDT 2015

We had to make a change on our graduate application and add some clarification due to the confusion described below.  We were getting an increasing number of applicants who stated they were permanent residents.  When our international office asked them for documentation, we found that none existed.  The applicant's understanding of the question was "I've been living here in Texas (or USA) permanently and have no intention of leaving.....therefore, yes I am a permanent resident."

Happy Friday.

From: tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu [mailto:tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu] On Behalf Of Higgins, Brandon J.
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2015 11:49 AM
To: tacrao at tamuc.edu
Subject: [TACRAO] Listserv Permanent Residency question

We are trying to work with a student who indicated on their application that they are a Citizen of Mexico but that they hold permanent residence status here. After she brought in documentation, it seems as though she was a little confused when answering the questions. She brought us an employment authorization card (which she thought was her permanent residence card), along with her SS card which notes it's valid for work only. She claims she doesn't have any other documentation.

The student graduated from a Texas high school back in 2005 and says she's been here since she was 3 months old. Being a relative newbie to residency in general, I'm just curious as to how your institution would approach this situation. Any thoughts? Thanks!

Brandon Higgins, MBA
Director of Advising and Registration
Texarkana College

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