An EB-1 green card is available to foreign nationals who have demonstrated extraordinary ability in their field. Their chosen field can be in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. Extraordinary ability is typically proven through demonstrating sustained national or international acclaim.
EB-1 green cards are particularly desirable for a number of reasons. There is no enforced wait time, which means applications can be processed more quickly. In addition, it is not necessary to get a labor certification. Because of these benefits, EB-1 applications undergo strict scrutiny and can be difficult to obtain.
In order to qualify for an EB-1 green card, you should be able to demonstrate that you fall within one of the following categories:
You can demonstrate extraordinary ability in the fields of the sciences, arts, athletics, education, or business by showing that you have achieved national or international acclaim. You can also provide evidence that you meet three out of ten criteria set out by USCIS. You can also provide evidence of a single truly exceptional achievement.
You can demonstrate that you are an outstanding professor or researcher by showing that you have earned recognition internationally for outstanding performance in your academic field. You must have at least three years of experience in teaching or in research in your academic area. There must be evidence of three out of six USCIS criteria. In addition, you must be seeking to take up a tenured or tenure-track teaching position or to take up a research position at an American university.
This route is available for individuals who are seeking to live in the United States in order to continue working for a business or organization that has employed the individual in a managerial or executive position outside of the country for at least one of the preceding three years. The employer filing the petition must be a United States employer that has been doing business for at least one year.
Putting together a complete and accurate EB-1 green card petition can be a complicated endeavor. At Serving Immigrants, we have the experience to help you through the process. Contact us online or call us at (305) 907-6151 to schedule a strategy session.