Salary And EB1A: Adjudicators Want You To Show Them The Money
Individuals considering applications for EB1A often consider their own qualification from a “post doctoral frame of reference.” The reality is that an EB1A case is decided based on the specific field one is engaged in, and in many instances publications and specific journal review work is unrelated to the purpose of the individual’s endeavor. In fact, whether one has a PhD or not is not directly relevant to qualification. In many of my favorite and most successful kinds of cases, the purpose of the applicant’s role has nothing to do with publishing work, rather it has something to do with making money!
The applicant making a technological or business-related contribution needs to highlight the importance of salary and remuneration, and why it demonstrates recognition within their specific field of endeavor. If you are in the two hundred-thousand-dollar salary range or above and are interested in pursuing an EB1A, I want to talk to you, because I think I could help.
I often encounter folks who make $250,000 to $400,000 per year or more working in software, data analytics, biotech, finance, healthcare, among other industries and they think that it is normal to earn this level of income. It is not normal! You are in an extraordinary situation.
In my view, when we talk about recognition the regulatory criteria is not weighted equally , SALARY trumps publications! If you’re earning around or above $200,000 what better kind of recognition is there than the fact that somebody is paying you close to a quarter-million dollars? The answer is that there is no better objective measure of one’s recognition in their field.