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Researchers, Professors & Scientists

Expediting the Immigration Process

Academic and scientific work takes place on a global scale, and the United States has long had a policy of encouraging qualified researchers, professors and scientists to take up residence in America if they wish to do so.

At the immigration law firm of Yeager & Etkind, our attorneys help experts of exceptional and extraordinary ability complete the U.S. immigration process. With offices in Rockville, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Arlington and McLean, Virginia, we serve clients throughout the region and internationally. Contact us to discuss your immigration goals.

Understanding the Green Card Qualification Criteria

Researchers, professors and scientists may be eligible to pursue green cards for permanent residency in the United States on the basis of certain special categorizations. EB-2 visas are available for people with advanced degrees or exceptional ability in their fields, while EB-1 visas are available for people with outstanding or extraordinary ability.

Prospective immigrants are classified into these categories on the basis of objective evidence of their accomplishments and prestige within their fields. Questions you may be asked during this process include the following:

  • Have you ever served on a Ph.D. panel?
  • Have you been published?
  • Have you received awards in your field?
  • Have you been evaluated through a peer review process?
  • Have you been invited to join societies based on your achievements?

If you qualify for an EB-2 or EB-1 visa, the immigration and green card process can be substantially expedited. However, demonstrating that you meet the threshold requirements for eligibility can be an involved process.

Representing You at Every Stage of Your Application

Our experienced immigration lawyers have guided many researchers, professors and scientists through the process of obtaining visas allowing them to live and work in the United States. If you are interested obtaining a green card on the basis of your professional activities, contact us to discuss your options with a knowledgeable attorney.