To qualify for this classification, the employer's petition must be accompanied by documentation that clearly establishes that the employee is internationally recognized by showing that he/she meets at least three of the six (6) criteria listed in federal regulations:
- Receipt of major prizes or awards for outstanding achievement in the field. These are awards that are recognized by people in the field as prestigious. Copies of the award should be included in the petition and the significance of the award(s) should be explained. It may be useful to provide information on how competitive the award is: how many people apply and from where do the applicants come, and ultimately how many are chosen?
- Membership in associations in the field that require outstanding achievement in the field. It's necessary to look at and document the membership eligibility criteria for membership. Organizations that simply require the payment of dues generally do not qualify. Organization for which experts review and endorse applications for members may qualify.
- Articles written about the individual that have appeared in professional publications. Generally speaking, the work of individuals who have made significant original contributions to the field is generally discussed in professional publications. Any articles written about the individual should be included in their entirety with an English translation if necessary. Documentation must include the title, author and date of the article. In general citation listings alone do not meet this criteria.
- Participation as the judge of the work of others in the field. It is not uncommon for individuals in academia to be asked to review the work of their peers - whether it be on an editorial board, or being ask to evaluate articles submitted for peer-reviewed journals or to be a member of a panel of judges and an exhibition of some sort. Any such activities should be documented either by providing copies of letters/emails asking (or thanking) the employee for reviewing the work or by obtaining a letter from another individual confirming this.
- Original contributions to the field. Any original contributions to the field need to be highlighted and documented. Patents (if appropriate to the field/work) can help to establish this as can letters from colleagues in the field (see discussion below).
- Authorship of scholarly books or articles. Copies of articles, books, text chapters, etc. all help to establish standing in the field and are expected of individuals engaged in academic teaching and/or research. Copies of published articles should be included along with the individual bibliography. Foreign-language articles can be included in this. If the publication record is long, select the most significant works for submission. Foreign language articles do not need to be fully translated, though an English-language abstract is recommended.
- Employment in a critical or essential capacity for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation.
- Evidence of having commanded a high salary.