9. NC Baltimore♦ Outstanding Professors and Researchers

EB-1 is the first preference category of employment-based immigrant petitions for alien workers. There are three subcategories under EB-1A petitions, namely EB-1A Alien of Extraordinary Ability, EB-1B Outstanding Professors and Researchers, and EB-1C Multinational Executives and Managers.

To be qualified as an Outstanding Professors and Researchers, the alien must demonstrate international recognition for outstanding achievements in a particular academic field. The alien must have at least 3 years of experience in teaching or research in the academic area. The alien seeks to enter to the US to pursue a tenure or tenure track teaching or comparable research position at a university or other institution of higher education.


♦ Qualifications for Outstanding Achievements

To successfully document an alien’s outstanding achievements in the field, the alien needs to meet 2 out of the 6 listed criteria which include:

  1. Receipt of major prizes or awards for outstanding achievements
  2. Membership in associations that require their members to demonstrate outstanding achievement
  3. Published material in professional publications about the alien’s work in the academic field
  4. Participation as a judge of the work of others, either individually or on a panel, in the same or allied academic field
  5. Original scientific or scholarly research contributions in the field
  6. Authorship of scholarly books or articles in scholarly journals with international circulation in the field

♦ Key to a successful EB-1B petition

An offer of employment addressed to the alien is required. The related position must be a tenure/tenure-tracked teaching position or comparable research position at a university or an institution of higher education.