EB1-B Outstanding Professors or Researchers

The EB1-B category is designated for foreign nationals seeking an immigrant visa who are internationally renowned as exceptional in their academic field. To be considered as an Outstanding Researcher or Professor, an applicant must fulfill three principal requirements:

  1. The applicant must be internationally recognized for their excellence in a specific academic area.
  2. They must demonstrate a minimum of three years’ experience in teaching or conducting substantial research. The applicant’s research must not only be original and significant but also deemed outstanding within the research community.
  3. They need to present proof, such as offer letter that they intend to pursue a tenure-track teaching or similar research role in the United States.

Experience Verification

The three years of requisite experience can be authenticated by letters from peers who can attest to the individual’s exceptional research activities. Experience gained during an advanced degree will only count if the individual had full responsibility for the classes taught or if the research has been acknowledged as outstanding. Part-time work can be considered, provided it cumulatively equals three years of full-time experience.

Evidentiary Criteria

International acclaim as outstanding in an academic field can be substantiated by:

  1. Receipt of significant awards or honors for exceptional achievement.
  2. Membership in societies that demand excellence for membership.
  3. Publications in professional journals written by others that highlight the individual’s work.
  4. Evidence of participation as a judge of the work of peers.
  5. Documentation of original scientific research contributions.
  6. Authorship of scholarly books or articles in the same academic field.

It’s important to note that the USCIS holds the Outstanding Professors or Researchers category to a very high standard. Applicants must meticulously document each aspect of their application. The evidence presented is scrutinized to determine eligibility. Major industry awards are given more weight than academic or internal company accolades. Simply being a member of an organization isn’t enough; entrance must be based on significant achievement.

Concerning third-party publications, citations alone are insufficient. The USCIS looks for an in-depth analysis of the applicant’s research in the citing publications, indicating international recognition of their work.

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