EB1-2 Visa - Green Card - Requirements and Info on How to Apply

EB1-2 Visa (Green Card)

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The EB1-2 visa (Green Card) is the academic equivalent of the EB1-1.

It 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

Benefits of the EB1-2

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 qualified U.S. workers for the position in question.

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.

eb1-2-visa-green-cardHow to Qualify

  1. Provide evidence of international recognition for outstanding performance in their particular academic field.
  2. Have at least 3 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.)

Attorney Tips for EB1-2 Applicants

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EB-2 Questions Answered

“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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