Outstanding Professors and Researchers

Outstanding Professors and Researchers


Outstanding professors and researchers are recognized internationally for their outstanding academic achievements in a particular field. In addition, an outstanding professor or researcher must have at least three years experience in teaching or research in that academic area, and enter the U.S. in a tenure or tenure track teaching or comparable research position at a university or other institution of higher education. If the employer is a private company rather that a university or educational institution, the department, division, or institute of the private employer must employ at least three persons full time in research activities and have achieved documented accomplishments in an academic field.

Evidence that the professor or researcher is recognized as outstanding in the academic field must include documentation of at least two of the following:

  1. Receipt of major prizes or awards for outstanding achievement;
  2. Membership in associations that require their members to demonstrate outstanding achievements;
  3. Published material in professional publications written by others about the alien’s work in the academic field;
  4. Participation, either on a panel or individually, as a judge of the work of others 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.

To be successful in establishing eligibility for classification as an individual of outstanding ability in research whose achievements are such that s/he has earned international recognition as an expert in his/her field, an applicant must:


  1. demonstrate that s/he is recognized for outstanding accomplishments in a specific, definable area, as a result of (a) identifiable achievement(s) that;
  2. have had a significant impact; and
  3. have substantially influenced the field; such that
  4. the beneficiary has documentation that reveals a record of sustained acclaim, such that
  5. his/her achievements have been responsible for international recognition of the beneficiary.



A Thesis Statement is required.  It must establish first that Beneficiary has outstanding research ability visible in that the Beneficiary has made (a) specific definable achievement(s) that has (have) clearly made an impact on his/her field.  Who benefits, how and why they benefit, and the specific application to which the achievement relates must be described in detail.

Application Procedures

A USCIS Form I-140 (Petition for Alien Worker) is required. All I-140 petitions must be filed at the USCIS Regional Service Center that has jurisdiction over the place where the individual will work. The petition packet must include the required documentary evidence and should follow the specific filing guidelines of the Service Center. No labor certification is needed for EB-1 petitions. An EB-1 Outstanding professor or researcher may not petition for himself or herself, but must be employer sponsored.If the priorty date is current, an application for adjustment of status can be filed concurrently.