Permanent Residency Through Employment
Our firm regularly prepares and submits applications for an EB-1(a) immigrant visa on behalf of our well-qualified clients. The USCIS does not automatically grant these petitions so the proper preparation of all the relevant information is crucial. A world-famous and internationally-acclaimed applicant is one thing but most petitioners need the guidance of experienced immigration lawyers.
Should I Pursue an EB-1(a) Visa?
An EB-1(a) immigrant visa entitles the holder to permanently work and reside in the United States. This is also known as an employment based immigrant visa.
The government refers to the EB-1(a) as one of the five employment-based immigrant visa preferences or categories.
There is no labor certification required.
If you can demonstrate extraordinary ability in science, art, education, business or athletics, you may qualify for the EB-1(a) immigrant visa which is an employment-based, first-preference visa. Generally, sustained national or international acclaim is is required.
The government issues approximately 140,000 total immigrant visas each year.
Do I need an offer of employment for an EB-1(a) Visa?
No, in order to obtain an EB-1(a) visa you do not need an offer of employment in the United States. There is also no labor certification required.
How do I prove that I have Extraordinary Ability?
You have to provide evidence that you meet 3 of the 10 listed requirements below or provide evidence of a one-time major achievement such as a Nobel Prize, a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar award or an Olympic Medal:
- Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence
- Membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members
- Published material about you in professional or major trade publications or other major media
- Evidence that you have been asked to judge the work of others, either individually or on a panel
- Original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field
- Authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media
- Evidence that your work has been displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases
- Performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations
- High salary in relation to others in the field
- Commercial successes in the performing arts
How Do I Apply for an EB-1(a) Immigrant Visa?
A Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker, and supporting documentation, must be filed in order to apply for an EB-1(a) immigrant visa.
Will my family also be granted admission to the United States?
If you obtain an EB-1(a) immigrant visa, then your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may be eligible to apply for admission to the United States with an E-14 or E-15.
- E-3 Specialty Occupation from Australia
- H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers
- H-2B Nonagricultural Temporary Workers
- H-3 Nonimmigrant Trainee
- I Representatives of Foreign Media
- L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager
- L-1B Intracompany Transferee Specialized Knowledge
- O-1 Extraordinary Ability
- P-1A Internationally Recognized Athlete
- P-1B Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group
- P-2 Performer under Reciprocal Exchange Program
- P-3 Artist Culturally Unique Program
- Q Cultural Exchange
- R-1 Temporary Religious Workers
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