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What are the requirements of the employment based first preference category to qualify as an outstanding professor or researcher?

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To be considered an outstanding professor or researcher the foreign individual must be recognized internationally as outstanding in a specific academic area; have 3 years of teaching or research experience in the academic area; and seek entry into the United States for a tenure (or tenure track) teaching position with a university or institution of higher education or a comparable position at a university or institution of higher education to conduct research or a comparable position to conduct research with a private employer (if it employs at least 3 full time researchers and the department, division or institution has achieved documented accomplishments in an academic field). To demonstrate that the professor or researcher is recognized internationally as outstanding in a specific academic area the foreign individual must document at least 2 of the following: receipt of major awards or prizes for outstanding achievement; membership in an association that requires outstanding achievement; published material in professional publications written by others about the foreign individual’s work; participation as a judge evaluating the work of others in the field; evidence of original scientific research; or authorship of scholarly books or articles in the field.