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Permanent Position for EB1 Outstanding
Researcher or Professor for Employment "At Will"

Hi William,

I am from a visa retrogressed country with EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) pending. I am planning to apply for EB1-Outstanding Researcher or Professor (EB-1B) through employer, which is a small state college. The question is my employer willing to sign the Form I-140 petition but stating I am a full time researcher with employment at will. Is it necessary to state I have a "permanent position" for EB1 Outstanding Researcher or Professor petition? 


According to USCIS, the “good cause for termination” clause has been an important issue when adjudicating EB1-Outstanding Researcher or Professor petitions. This clause should be included in employment offers to ensure that the job is not “at will” employment.

However, USCIS also indicated that EB1-Outstanding Researcher or Professor petitions should not be denied simply because the offer of employment is lacking a “good cause for termination” clause. Therefore, the employment "at will" is also accepted by USCIS for EB1-Outstanding Researcher or Professor petitions, since USCIS considers it is a common business practice to have such clause in the job offer letters.

If the employment "at will" cause is in your job offer, then in the EB-1B petition, your employer needs to demonstrate that your research position will have “an expectation of continued employment.”

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