Summer is almost over and the 2015-16 school year is right around the corner. That’s why it is appropriate we focus on visas that are available to university professors, researchers and students in this edition of Business Immigration Zone.
Outstanding Professors or Researchers
There is good news for foreign individuals who qualify as outstanding professors or researchers and wish to obtain an employment-based visa. Based upon the August Visa Bulletin, employment-based, first preference (EB-1) visas are currently available for all qualified applicants. Qualified applicants are those individuals who:
Employers wishing to hire qualified, foreign individuals for a research or teaching position must file a Form I-140 on behalf of the candidate to begin the visa application process. 
Foreign individuals wishing to enroll as a student in the United States may be eligible for an F-1 or M-1 student visa, provided they meet the following criteria:
To obtain a student visa, interested students must first apply to and be accepted by an accredited school. Once accepted, the foreign individual must pay the required fee before filling out a school-provided Form I-20.
For more information on obtaining an EB-1, F-1 or M-1 visa please contact Brandon Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
 Certain individuals may self-petition for an EB-1 visa without employer sponsorship provided they meet certain criteria to demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim.