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EB1- Extraordinary Ability

EB1 Extraordinary Ability green card application is in the employment-based immigration visa first preference (EB1 visa) category known as EB-1A. For EB1 extraordinary ability green card application or EB-1A immigrant visa application, the regular labor certification requirement is waived, and an immigration applicant can apply for an EB-1A extraordinary ability green card without a labor certification or a job offer from a U.S. employer. Thus, the EB1 extraordinary ability green card application has clear advantages for scholars, researchers, post doctoral research fellows, Ph.D. students, and other advanced degree professionals.

An alien applicant must meet 3 out of the 10 listed criteria below to prove extraordinary ability in the field:

  • Evidence of receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence
    Evidence of 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 of judging the work of others, either individually or on a panel
    Evidence of original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field
    Evidence of authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media
    Evidence that work has been displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases
    Evidence of performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations
    Evidence that of high salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field
    Evidence of commercial successes in the performing arts

The major advantages of applying for aliens of extraordinary ability include: no labor certification is required for this EB-1 category; no job offer or permanent job position is required for aliens of extraordinary ability; and much faster to obtain a Green Card than the EB-3 or EB-2 immigration categories.