To qualify for permanent residence as an outstanding professor and/or researcher, a foreign national must:
Further, evidence of at least three of the six criteria below must be met:
A petition for Outstanding Professor and Researcher is filed on Form I-140 directly with the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Office of Global Services, upon receiving the materials from the scholar, packages the case, and submits it to USCIS. Processing time varies.
While the I-140 is pending, scholars and their dependents can remain in H, O or E status.