EB1-2 Green Cards For Outstanding Professors and Researchers
Attorney Chris M. Ingram – EB1 Green Card and O1 Visa Specialist
EB-1-2 Green Card for Oustanding Professors and Researchers
Welcome to our video presentation on EB1-2 Green Cards for Outstanding Professors and Researchers, and we’re delighted that you found us. The EB1-2 is available to outstanding Professors and Researchers, and typically these applicants will be working at the very top of their profession at a university or in some public or private prestigious research facility. Most universities have a hierarchical structure and at the top of that pyramid are the Tenured Professors and Associate Tenured Professors. Therefore, in order to qualify for this EB1-2 green card, a university that is offering you a tenured position or placing you on tenure track towards a tenured position must sponsor you. A tenured position or tenured track position is by definition a permanent position.
The doctrine of tenure was formulated to enable esteemed professors and associate professors the freedom to do their job without fear or favor. In the legal profession for example, judges have tenure so they are able to make judicial decisions without fear of losing their job. In a university setting, tenured positions were created so that their scholars were free to explore their various theses, and hold unconventional opinions without fear of having to tow a university or political line, or an established school of academic thought.
Tenured positions are typically reserved for Professors and Associate Professors. A junior professor would not be promoted into a tenured position unless they had established outstanding academic credentials. The underlying attraction of tenure was total job security therefore universities only gave tenure to the very best and most accomplished scholars.
Many universities no longer work the tenure system, but rather choose to offer one-year renewal contracts. Thus, such opportunities will not be viable for the EB1-2 green card. However, the next rung down on the immigration ladder is the EB2 green card. The EB2 green card is available to anyone who has an advanced degree such as a Masters degree, PhD, Law Degree and so forth.
The main difference between the EB1-2 and the EB2 is that the EB-1 candidate can be sponsored and approved within just a few weeks, whereas with the EB2, the university must first prove that there is no American citizen qualified and willing to take the job on offer. Finally, the Professor must have at least three years teaching or in research (including a combination of both), in the specific area of the job being offered.
Ok – let’s talk about researchers. The research post on offer must be a comparable position within a university or institution of higher education to conduct research in the area, or a comparable position to conduct research in the area with a department, division, or institute of a private employer, providing the department, division, or institute employs at least 3 persons full-time in research activities, and has achieved documented accomplishments in an academic field.
In plain English, Immigration is looking to make sure that the term ‘researcher’ is not a euphemism for anything else within the academic field. Therefore Immigration will be looking closely at the position being offered and the standing of the institute or private facility as to how prestigious and highly regarded they are. We hope you found this presentation informative and helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us so we can discuss any opportunity you may have.
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