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EB-1 Green Cards for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability in the Sciences, Arts, Athletics or Business

EB-1 Green Card for Extraordinary AbilityForeign individuals with extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, entertainment, business, or athletics are eligible for the employment-based first preference (EB1-1) category. The benefit of this category is that the individual may petition on his or her own behalf rather than depend on an employer as a sponsor. It also allows the individual to bypass the labor certification requirement as a prerequisite for permanent residence.

Criteria for Extraordinary Ability: Sustained National or International Acclaim

 A foreign individual seeking an immigrant visa in this category must demonstrate sustained national or international acclaim, the evidence for which must include the following:

  1. A one-time achievement of a major international recognized award (e.g. Nobel Prize); OR
  1. Documentation of any three of the following:
  1. Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards;
  2. Membership in associations in the field of endeavor that require outstanding achievement of their members;
  3. Published material about the person in professional or major trade publications or other major media;
  4. Participation as a judge of the work of others in his field;
  5. Evidence of original scientific, scholastic, artistic, athletic or business-related contributions of major significance;
  6. Authorship of scholarly articles in the field;
  7. Artistic exhibitions or showcases;
  8. Performance in a leading or cultural role for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation;
  9. High salary or remuneration in relation to others in the field;
  10. Commercial success in the performing arts.

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