The EB1(2) immigrant visa is designed for "outstanding"
academic professors and researchers who can demonstrate a
high level of accomplishment in their fields.
The category is available to individuals who can demonstrate they
(1). recognized internationally as outstanding in a specific
(2) have at least 3 years of teaching or research in that field of
(3) will teach or carry out research in that field in the US.
The general criteria for general criteria for classification in this
category are that the applicant have at least three years of
teaching and/or research experience and be able to demonstrate
"outstanding" achievements in the field of endeavor.
There must be an offer of employment in the field. If the offer of
employment is from an accredited university, then it must be for a
tenure or tenure-track position.
Otherwise the employment offer must be for a permanent
research position with an employer that has at least three full-time
researchers and has achieved documented accomplishments in
Note that prospective immigrants cannot sponsor themselves for
this immigrant visa; the petition can only be filed by an employer.
In order to qualify, at least two of the following
requirements must be satisfied:
- Documentation of the alien's receipt of major prizes or
awards for outstanding achievement in the academic field;
- Documentation of the alien's membership in associations in
the academic field, which require outstanding achievements
of their members;
- Published material in professional publications written by
others about the alien's work in the academic field. Such
material shall include the title, date, and author of the
material, and any necessary translation;
- Evidence of the alien's participation, either individually or
on a panel, as the judge of the work of others in the same
or an allied academic field;
- Evidence of the alien's original scientific or scholarly
research contributions to the academic field; and
- Evidence of the alien's authorship of scholarly books or
articles (in scholarly journals with international circulation)
in the academic field.
In addition to the above-listed documentation of the applicant's
personal credentials, the petition must be accompanied by an
offer of employment for the immigrant to work in the field
of endeavor. The employment offer must come from either:
- an institution of higher education (The job offered must be
a tenure or tenure-track position); or
- a company with an established research department. The
company must show that it already employs at least three
full-time researchers and that there have been documented
achievements by the company's research staff.
A USCIS Form I-140 (Petition for Alien Worker) is required. All I-
140 petitions must be filed at the USCIS Regional Service Center
that has jurisdiction over the place where the individual will work.
The petition packet must include the required documentary
evidence and should follow the specific filing guidelines of the
Service Center. No labor certification is required.
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