USCIS is under consideration to propose certain benefits affecting high-skilled workers within the nonimmigrant classifications for specialty occupation professionals from Chile and Singapore (H-1B1) and from Australia (E-3), and the immigration classification for employment-based first preference (EB-1) outstanding professors or researchers, to harmonize the regulations for E-3 and H-1B1 nonimmigrant classifications with existing regulations for other, similarly situated nonimmigrant classifications and to encourage and facilitate the employment and retention of these high-skilled workers.
For EB-1, it is considering
to address that the evidentary requirements for the EB-1 outstanding
professor and researcher employment-based immigrant classification
would allow for the submission of comparable evidence (achievements
not listed in the criteria such as important patents or prestigious,
peer-reviewed funding grants) for that listed in 8 CFR 204.5(i)(3)(i)(A)–(F)
to establish that the EB-1 professor or researcher is recognized
internationally as outstanding in his or her academic field.
This proposal is likely to harmonize the evidentary requirements
for EB-1 outstanding professors and researchers with other comparable
employment-based immigrant classifications and ease petitioners'
recruitment of these highly skilled individuals by expanding
the range of evidence that may be adduced to support their petitions.