EB-1 Green Card - Extraordinary Ability FAQs

What are the Advantages of the EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visa?

One of the more notable advantages to this category, in addition to often extremely fast attainment of permanent residence relative to most others, is that the Extraordinary Ability category does not require sponsorship from a U.S. employer, and the beneficiary may apply on his or her own behalf. There is also no Labor Certification requirement, so availability of U.S. workers in the field is irrelevant, as it is generally presumed that since the individual is seek entry to continue to work in his or her field of endeavor, that and their admittance will substantially benefit the United States.

What fields and endeavors count for Extraordinary Ability?

The “Extraordinary Ability” must be in the arts, sciences, business, education, or athletics. However, this has been interpreted to apply to almost any field of discipline.

Who Qualifies for Extraordinary Ability EB-1 Green Cards?

To qualify for an EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Alien Green Card, the individual or their U.S. employer must file Form I-140 with supporting documentation which must include either a major, internationally recognized prize or award, for example a Nobel Prize - or alternately at least three of the following within his or her field:

  • Is the recipient of a nationally or internationally recognized award or prize for excellence
  • Membership in associations that requires outstanding accomplishments, as defined by recognized and established international experts
  • Has published articles in major trade or professional publications, newspapers, or other recognized media about the individual and his or her extraordinary work/contributions
  • Has made major significant contributions that are original, scholarly, scientific, or business-related
  • Authorship of scholarly articles in esteemed professional journals or other recognized media
  • Evidence of significant remuneration for services
  • Recognized panel participation, or as a judge of the work of others in the same or in a field of specialization
  • Nationally or internationally recognized showcases or exhibitions
  • Within the performing arts (if relevant), documentation of the commercial successes
  • Participation in a critical or leading role for an organization with a distinguished reputation

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