Do you qualify for an EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) Green Card?

EB1-A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petitions immigration preference category is for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.

Applicants are not required to have a prospective employer, but they must be entering to continue to work in their chosen field, and they must substantially benefit prospectively in the U.S.

In addition, the petitioner has to show that the foreign person sustained national or international acclaim with recognized achievements.

National or international acclaim can be demonstrated by receipt of a major internationally recognized award such as Nobel Prize or the Academy Award.

Alternatively, USCIS requires that the petitioner must provide at least three of the following types of evidence:

  1. Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in the field of endeavor.
  2. Membership in an association that requires outstanding achievement as a condition of membership in the field for which the classification is sought
  3. Published material about the foreign person or his or her work in professional, trade journals, or major media publications. (These items must include title, date, author, and must be translated into English)
  4. The foreign person’s participation, on a panel or individually, as a judge of the work of others in the same or a related field
  5. Evidence of original contributions, usually through publication, of major significance in the foreign national’s fields of science, scholastic, artistic, or athletic
  6. Authorship of scholarly articles in the field, in professional journals, or other major media (national newspapers, magazines, etc.)
  7. Display of the foreign national’s work at significant exhibitions
  8. Performance in a significant role for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation
  9. Receipt of a higher salary or remuneration than is usual in the field
  10. Commercial success in the performing arts as shown by box office receipts or sales records, cassette, compact disk, or video sales, or
  11. Other comparable evidence if the above types of evidence do not readily apply to the foreign national’s occupations
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