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EB1-2 Visa (Green Card)

The EB1-2 visa (Green Card) is the academic equivalent of the EB1-1 for aliens of extraordinary ability in the field of academia.

As the second category of the first-preference employment-based green card (EB1), the EB1-2 is a permanent residency US visa (Green Card) that enables the most outstanding professors or researchers in their fields to live and work permanently in the United States.

Other EB1 Category Green Cards

  • EB1-1 – Extraordinary Ability
  • EB1-3 – Multinational Executive / Manager
EB1-2 Visa Green Card

Benefits of the EB1-2 Visa

The EB-1-2 is one of the more sought after green cards because it has current priority dates, meaning there can be far less waiting time compared to other categories.

Additionally there is no requirement to go through the PERM process. (The PERM process is where the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) must carry out research to prove there are no other qualified U.S. workers for the position in question. This is not the case with the EB1-2.

Because of its desirability, EB1-2 sets a high bar for qualification, and applications are carefully scrutinized. You must select a very experienced immigration attorney before considering an EB1-1 or EB1-2 application.

How to Qualify

  1. Provide evidence of international recognition for outstanding performance in their particular academic field.
  2. Have at least two or three years' experience in either teaching or research in the same academic area.
  3. Be seeking to entering the U.S. in order to pursue tenure or tenure-track teaching or research position at a university or comparable educational institution.
  4. Evidence provided must meet at least 2 out of 6 criteria set by USCIS. Your immigration attorney will help you establish this. Evidence may include publishing scholarly or academic articles in respected industry or academic media, winning patents, among others.

Specific Qualification Criteria from USCIS

  • Winning nationally- or internationally-recognized prizes or awards for excellence.
  • Having membership of one or more associations in the field that require outstanding achievement as a condition of membership.
  • Proof of published material about the beneficiary in professional or major trade publications or other major media.
  • Evidence of having been invited to judge the work of others, whether as an individual or part of an expert panel.
  • Evidence of original scientific, scholarly, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field.
  • Evidence of authorship of scholarly books or articles (in scholarly journals with international circulation) in the field.
  • Evidence of performance in a leading or critical role in respected organizations.
  • And possibly evidence of commanding a high salary (or other significantly high remuneration) compared to others in the field.
  • Published material in professional publications written by others about the beneficiary's work in the academic field.
  • Original scientific or scholarly research contributions in the field.

(Source: USCIS)

We typically recommend obtaining references from around ten independent experts who can validate the evidence, proving that any publications or citations are relevant and meet the minimum requirements. Again, OnlineVisas have substantial experience in helping to source credible and reliable expert referees for EB1-2 petitions.

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EB1-2 Visa FAQs

“How long is the processing time for EB2?”

Depending on the case and the processing center, generally an EB2 for advanced degree or exceptional ability takes between 5 – 7 months to process.

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