What are the requirements? +
To qualify for an EB1-A an applicant will need to meet the following qualifications:
- Must be able to provide proof of extraordinary abilities fields such as education, arts, sciences, business, or athletics
- Be eminent in your field and have documented testimony of your achievement
- Have international or a national acclaim
- Intend on continuing work in the same field
Once these requirements are met, you will be able to proceed with the documentation.
What evidence will I need? +
Demonstrate at least 3 of the following, note, not all criteria are weighted equally.
- Original Contribution of Major Significance within the field
- Critical or Leading Role for an organization of distinguished reputation
- Command a high salary in relation to peers
- Review and or judge the work of others in the same or similar field
- Published scholarly work
- Discussed in the media
- Lesser nationally or internationally recognized awards
- Membership in an organization that requires outstanding achievement in their field as judged by national or international experts in the field
- Display of work at artistic exhibitions or showcases
- Evidence of commercial success in the performing arts
What about my spouse and children? +
Based on your approved petition your spouse and children (under the age of 21 and unmarried) can apply for a visa as well.
What about my spouse and children? +
The processing time can vary depending on the number of applicants during the period. The category is one that is available for premium processing thus the case may be decided in 1 days or less. Normal processing time is 6-8 months.
I have more questions, who can I contact? +
You can fill out the form if you need any more details on our EB1A Green Card and we will get in contact with you as soon as we can. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
What is the EB-1A category? +
The EB-1A category is an employment-based preference category for individuals with “extraordinary ability” in the arts, sciences, education, business, or athletics. It allows such individuals to self-petition for a Green Card (permanent residence) without the need for an employer sponsor.
Who is eligible for the EB-1A category? +
To be eligible for the EB-1A category, an individual must be able to demonstrate “extraordinary ability” in their field through sustained national or international acclaim. This may be demonstrated through a range of evidence, such as awards, publications, membership in professional organizations, and other recognized achievements.
How do I apply for the EB-1A category? +
To apply for the EB-1A category, you must file a Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You must also submit evidence of your extraordinary ability, such as awards, publications, or other recognized achievements.
Is a job offer required for the EB-1A category? +
No, a job offer is not required for the EB-1A category. This category allows individuals with extraordinary ability to self-petition for a Green Card without the need for an employer sponsor.
Is a labor certification required for the EB-1A category? +
No, a labor certification is not required for the EB-1A category. This category is intended for individuals with extraordinary ability, who are considered “priority workers” under U.S. immigration law and are not subject to the labor certification process.
Can I bring my family with me if I am approved for the EB-1A category? +
If you are approved for the EB-1A category, you can bring your spouse and children with you to the U.S. as dependents on your Green Card. They will be eligible to work and study in the U.S. as well.
Can I travel outside the U.S. while my EB-1A application is pending? +
It is generally advisable to avoid traveling outside the U.S. while your EB-1A application is pending. If you are in the U.S. on a dual intent visa such as an H1-B or L1-A travel may be considered. If you must travel, you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney and obtain advanced parole before departing the U.S.
How long does the EB-1A process take? +
The processing time for an EB-1A application can vary depending on the workload of the USCIS and other factors. One may file a case in premium processing for an additional fee of $2,500 and receive a decision within 15 business days. It is generally advisable to allow for at least several months for the process to be completed.
Is a Green Card through the EB-1A category permanent? +
Yes, a Green Card obtained through the EB-1A category is a permanent residence status. It allows you to live and work in the U.S. indefinitely.
Can I apply for U.S. citizenship after obtaining a Green Card through the EB-1A category? +
Yes, once you have had a Green Card for at least five years (or three years if you obtained it through marriage to a U.S. citizen), you may be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship through the naturalization process.