The EB1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher Green Card category may be a viable option for those with professional achievements significantly higher than others in their field. This EB1 green card category–unlike the EB1 Extraordinary Ability category–requires an offer of employment from a US employer. It also requires a tenure-track or comparable permanent position at an educational institution or certain private entities.
Individuals who qualify for an EB1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher category must be internationally recognized as outstanding in a specific academic area. They also must have at least 3 years of experience in teaching or research in a particular area of expertise. Finally, they must seek to enter the US to occupy one of the following:
The EB1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher Green Card category requires a job offer from a US employer. In addition, a petition must include the following evidence.
Experience gained while working on an advanced degree is only acceptable if the EB1 candidate has acquired that degree, and if the teaching duties were such that the candidate had full responsibility for classes taught. In the case of a researcher, research conducted gained while working on the degree will count only if the candidate is considered “outstanding” within the academic field. And,
An EB1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher Green Card petition should show impact in the field of expertise that is substantially above the norm. A handful of publications is unlikely to enable success in the EB1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher Green Card category except in narrow circumstances, particularly since USCIS’s current stance is that all professors and researchers must publish and review the work of others (and therefore, there is nothing extraordinary about simply meeting the regulatory standard). Note also that quality of evidence is of more importance than quantity.
Finally, we will accept an EB1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher Green Card case only if we feel it has a high chance of success.