Permanent Residency Criteria for Outstanding Professors and Researchers

As set forth under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990 and its implementing regulations, a foreign national being sponsored by an employer for classification as an outstanding professor or researcher must provide:

Evidence of at least two of the following to show international recognition in the academic field:

a) Receipt of major prizes or awards for outstanding achievement;

b) Membership in associations requiring outstanding achievements of their members;

c) Published material in professional publications written by others about the alien's work;

d) Participation, either individually or on a panel, as the judge of the work of others in the same or an allied academic field;

e) Original scientific or scholarly research contributions to the academic field;

f) Authorship of scholarly books or articles (in scholarly journals with international circulation).

In addition, the following must be provided:

  1. Letter(s) from current or former employer(s) (with name, address, and title of writer) specifically describing the alien's duties, establishing at least three years of experience in teaching and/or research in the academic field; and

  2. Letter from prospective employer offering employment for the alien in the academic field either:

    a) For a tenured or tenure-track teaching position or a permanent research position in a U.S. university or institution of higher learning; or

    b) For a permanent research position in a department, division or institute of a private employer with at least three persons employed in full-time research positions and with documented accomplishments in the field.

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