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How do I qualify for the EB-1 visa as a researcher or professor?

Individuals, with what's referred to by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as extraordinary ability, may qualify to come to the country on an EB-1 First Preference visa. This type of employment-based immigration visa is reserved for those who are researchers or professors with specialized expertise.

Anyone with stellar abilities in his or her chosen profession or who are leaders of multinational corporations may also qualify for it as well.

In order to qualify for this type of visa as a researcher or professor, you must have either taught or performed research in the field for the past three years. It's also necessary for you to have a job offer in hand from a U.S. employer. The position you're looking to take on must be a tenure track one.

You must also be able to provide evidence of the fact that your work is outstanding in your field of inquiry. Some ways in which you may be able to do this is by documenting your membership in a professional organization or by showing that you've received awards in your field.

Showing evidence that you've been published in peer review journals or have participated on an expert panel in your field may also qualify you for it. Having authored scholarly works with international appeal in your area of inquiry may also be evidence enough of your expertise in your field.

Provided you meet the requirements listed above, then the onus will fall on the shoulders of your American employer to file an I-140, Petition for Alien Worker form, to get the EB-1 visa process started.

If you believe that you qualify for entry to the U.S. as a professor or researcher of outstanding talent, then you may want to have a Miami employment immigration attorney review your case. In doing so, you'll give yourself the best chance of getting your application approved for the EB-1.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, "Employment-based immigration: First preference EB-1," accessed Jan. 25, 2018

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