EB1 Green Card

The Extraordinary Ability Visa is part of the EB1 employment based green card category.  It allows foreign nationals to self petition for permanent residency.  No permanent job offer or employer sponsorship is required.  However, you must be able to demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education,  business, or athletics through sustained national or international  acclaim.  No offer of employment is required.

EB1 Visa

Extraordinary ability means a level of expertise indicating that the individual is  one of that small percentage who has risen to the top of his or her  field of endeavor. To be considered as an alien with extraordinary  ability, the alien must have sustained national or international acclaim in the field of science, art, education, business or athletics, which  must be recognized in the form of extensive documentation. The alien  must be seeking to enter the United States to continue work in the  field, and the entry of such alien must substantially benefit  prospectively the United States.

Although no offer of employment (including labor certification) is required, for aliens with extraordinary ability the alien must include with the  petition convincing evidence that he or she is coming to continue work  in the area of expertise.

EB1 Requirements

To qualify for the EB1 visa, the applicant must show receipt of a Nobel Prize, Pulitzer, Olympic Medal, or similar OR three of the following

  • Evidence of receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence
  • Evidence of your membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members
  • Evidence of published material about you in professional or major trade publications or other major media
  • Evidence that you have been asked to judge the work of others, either individually or on a panel
  • Evidence of your original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or  business-related contributions of major significance to the field
  • Evidence of your authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media
  • Evidence that your work has been displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases
  • Evidence of your performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations
  • Evidence that you command a high salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field
  • Evidence of your commercial successes in the performing arts

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