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EB-1B petitions are for professors and researchers who are outstanding in their academic fields with international recognition. Obtaining EB-1 classification is usually the fastest way to immigrate to the United States, since there is rarely a visa backlog and visas are quickly available.

EB-1B petitions require a “permanent” job offer from a U.S. employer. At colleges and universities, the job must be a tenure or tenure-track teaching position or a permanent research position. At other organizations, the job must be a permanent academic research position, and the organization must employ at least 3 researchers and have documented achievements in the field. Research positions that are renewable indefinitely or are commonly renewed in practice can be considered “permanent” for EB-1B petitions. Postdoctoral Fellows and Associate Professors with set term employment contracts usually meet the “permanent” requirement because these positions are usually renewable.

Individuals must be internationally recognized as outstanding in their particular academic field to qualify for EB-1B classification. To do so, individuals must be able to prove at least 2 of the following:

• Major prizes or awards
• Membership in associations that require members to have outstanding achievements
• Published material in professional publications about the individual’s work
• Participation as a judge of the work of others in the academic field
• Original scientific or scholarly research contributions
• Authorship of scholarly books or articles with international circulation

Individuals must also have at least 3 years of teaching and/or research experience. Teaching or research experience accumulated during a graduate program does not usually count, although it may if the teaching was done with a high level of responsibility or the research achieved significant recognition.

MT Law successfully represents outstanding professors and researchers in wide range of academic fields. In addition to working with extraordinary individuals at some of the most well-regarded research institutions in the United States, we regularly obtain approvals for individuals in smaller or newer research organizations. We offer a high-level of personalization and take care to describe our clients’ achievements in detail and emphasize their importance through diligent comparative analysis.

If you are an individual that thinks you might qualify for EB-1B classification, or if you are an employer who would like to sponsor a researcher for permanent residence, please contact us today for a consultation.