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EB-1 Visa for Priority Workers

EB-1 Visa for Priority Workers

EB-1 for Priority Workers (Multinational Executives, Outstanding Researchers, Extraordinary Ability)

The Permanent Resident employment category EB-1 Priority Worker includes

  • EB-1A: Aliens of Extraordinary Ability
  • EB-1B: Outstanding Professor or Researcher
  • EB-1C: Multinational Executives and Managers

In an EB-1 petition, Labor Certification is not required at all. In an EB-1A petition, a permanent job offer is not required, and an alien may petition for immigration by herself. However, in EB-1B and EB-1C petitions, a permanent job offer is required. In other words, a US employer must be the petitioner for EB-1B or EB-1C cases.

EB-1A: Aliens of Extraordinary Ability

Extraordinary ability means a level of expertise found in a small percentage of persons who have risen to the top of their respective fields.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Alien's extraordinary achievements must have resulted in sustained national or international acclaim in the field.
  • Alien will enter the U.S. to work in the field in which he/she has earned extraordinary status.
  • USCIS determines that the alien's admission as a permanent resident will substantially benefit the U.S.
There are two ways to satisfy the requirements for an EB-1 immigrant visa for extraordinary ability

A. The first is receiving a major, internationally recognized award.
B. Fortunately for those who haven't won any world famous prizes yet, the second set of standards is not as difficult to achieve. If you have fulfilled at least three of the following ten standards, you may also qualify

  • Receipt of a lesser nationally or internationally recognized prize for achievement in the field.
  • Membership in associations in alien's field that require “outstanding achievement” of their members as judged by acknowledged experts.
  • Material published about the alien in major trade publications or other major media.
  • Selection of the alien to judge others in the same or allied field.
  • Original contributions of importance in the alien's field.
  • Authorship of scholarly articles in professional/trade publications or other major media.
  • Display of the alien's work in exhibitions or showcases.
  • Performance of leading or critical role for distinguished organizations or institutions
  • High salary or other remuneration in relation to others in the alien's field
  • Commercial success in the performing arts
Documentation Needed

The petitioner should present information as following to prove his/her claims

  • Peer-reviewed presentations at symposia.
  • Peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals
  • Entries in a citation index that cite alien's work as authoritative
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