8 CFR 204.5(i)(3) sets forth the type of documentation that must accompany an I-140 petition filed on behalf of an outstanding professor or researcher. An EB-1-2 (aka EB-1-B) I-140 outstanding professor or researcher petition is filed by a qualifying academic or research institution or qualifying private sector organization, and is supported by detailed evidence that the petitioned professional has gained “international” acclaim in their area of academic expertise.
The regulations at 8 CFR 204.5(i)(2) further lay out what is meant by “academic field” – declaring it as “a body of specialized knowledge offered for study at an accredited United States university or institution of higher education.” Further, an area of specialized knowledge can encompasses a body of thought larger than a small, peculiar area of expertise, where only a single class is offered or is the focus of only extremely specialized research.
In addition, an outstanding professor/researcher filing must be supported by an offer from a qualifying institution or organization to fill a position considered permanent, tenured, or tenure-track. Additionally, the I-140 petition must include supporting evidence the petitioned professional has already gained at least three years of experience as a professor or researcher in their area of academic expertise.