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EB-1B green cards are available to those who can demonstrate international recognition for outstanding achievements in a particular academic field. EB-1B requires the applicant to have a full-time job offer from a university, institution of higher learning or private company that employs at least 3 full-time researchers.

An EB-1B applicant must demonstrate:

1. At least 3 years experience in teaching or research in that academic area.

2. That the applicant is entering the United States in order to pursue tenure or tenure track teaching or a comparable research position at a university, institution of higher education, or private employer. ​A private employer must show documented accomplishments in the field of research, and that it employs at least 3 full-time researchers. The company making the offer of employment must also show that it has the ability to pay the required wage.


3. That the applicant meets at least 2 of 6 enumerated criteria:


  • Evidence of receipt of major prizes or awards for outstanding achievement

  • Evidence of membership in associations that require their members to demonstrate outstanding achievement

  • Evidence of published material in professional publications written by others about the alien's work in the academic field

  • Evidence of participation, either on a panel or individually, as a judge of the work of others in the same or allied academic field

  • Evidence of original scientific or scholarly research contributions in the field

  • Evidence of authorship of scholarly books or articles (in scholarly journals with international circulation) in the field.


What documents can you provide to meet each of these criteria?


  • You must be the winner. Nominations don’t count.

  • The award must be given to you personally, or else given for your work.

  • Provide evidence of who is eligible to compete for the awards.

  • Provide information about past winners and judges.

  • Provide press about your win(s).

  • Provide photos of the award or copy of award certificate and/or printout from the website of the organization who gave you the award listing you as winner

Membership in Exclusive Organizations

  • Proof of your membership

  • Must provide detailed membership and evaluation requirements (either from website or letter from the organization)

National or International Recognition

  • Articles discussing your awards, nominations, or other professional accomplishments

  • Each article must include English translation (if not in English), name of publication, name of article, date of publication, name of the author

  • Must provide circulation figures/viewership statistics for each publication along with background information

Judging the Work of Your Peers

Proof that you were a judge at a non-student competition in your field

  • Proof that you served as a peer reviewer of scholarly articles

  • Proof that as a VC you judged which companies received funding

  • Letter of recommendation confirming that you were selected due to your standing in the field

Original Contribution of Significance to Your Field

  • Proof of your approved patents

  • Press discussing your original contribution (if you are the first or only one to do something in your field, which is then emulated by others in your field)

  • Testimonials from experts or published articles discussing the importance of your contribution to your field or society at large

Authorship of Scholarly Articles in International Publications

  • Copies of articles you have written that have been published

  • Citation information about your article

  • Background information about the journal or other publication where your article appeared

No Labor Certification is required in the EB-1 Category.


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