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EB-1B Visas: For Outstanding Professors And Researchers

EB-1B visa is an immigrant visa available to foreign outstanding professors and researchers. To qualify for this visa, the foreign national’s achievements in a specific academic field must have received international recognition as being outstanding. In addition, this visa requires at least three years experience in teaching or research in the specific field. Unlike EB-1A, an EB-1B petition must be filed by a qualified U.S. employer for the foreign national beneficiary.

Common Questions And Answers About EB-1B Visas

Can I file the EB-1B petition for myself?

No. This visa is not available for self-petitioning.

Who can file the EB-1B petition for me?

The EB-1B petitioner should be your prospective U.S. employer. Qualified U.S. employers include:

  • University or institution of higher education; or
  • Private employer if it employs at least 3 full-time researchers and has achieved accomplishments in your field.

Do I need Labor Certification to file for EB-1B?

No, Labor Certification is required for EB-1B petition. However, you will need an offer letter from your U.S. employer that offers you a qualified position (see question 4) for this petition.

What kind of job position is qualified for EB-1B petition?

You might prove that you are an outstanding professor or researcher by providing evidence of:

  • A tenure or tenure track teaching position within a university or institution of higher education; or
  • A permanent researcher position at university or institute of higher education; or
  • A permanent researcher position with private employer if it employs at least 3 full-time researchers and has achieved documented accomplishments in your field.

What requirements do I need to meet if I want to apply for EB-1B visa?

Generally, you must have evidence to show that you have been recognized internationally as outstanding in a specific academic field. Also, you must have at least three years experience in teaching or research in that field. Furthermore, your prospective U.S. employer and job position must be qualified for EB-1B petition (see question 2 and 4).

Specifically, you must also provide at least two of the following evidence:

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

Can I use my research experience during my PhD study to meet the three-year experience requirement?

You can if you have received the PhD degree and if your research has been recognized as outstanding within the academic field.

How long does it take to get the result for my EB-1B petition?

The normal processing time is 4-6 months. However, this petition is available for Premium Processing which will cost $1,225 and the case processing time would be only 15 calendar days.

After getting approval of my EB-1B petition, when can I get my green card?

After getting approval, you will need to file an application called I-485. To adjust your status to permanent resident and to get green card. However, even if you can get your EB-1B case approved, you may still need to wait for some period of time before you can file the I-485 application. This depends on when your priority date can become current according to the dates listed on the visa bulletin for people from your country. Finally, if the USCIS approves your I-485 application, you will officially become a legal permanent resident in the U.S.

How much does it cost for the filing fee of EB-1B petition?

The USCIS filing fee of is $700. If you would like to use Premium Processing service for your case, the cost would be additional $1,225.

Contact Us With Any Additional Employment Questions

If you have any additional questions about securing a visa, please contact our San Jose office online. You can also call Fok Immigration Law at 408-212-7014 to schedule a free initial telephone consultation. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Our team has significant experience helping workers secure temporary employment and permanent employment visas. Located in the Bay Area, we serve clients throughout California and the greater United States.