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EB1 Benefits and Qualifications for Applicants with Extraordinary Abilities

Individuals with extraordinary abilities can take advantage of the EB-1 program, which is essentially a special immigration process for applicants with extraordinary abilities. In short, USCIS offers this special path to citizenship in order to incentivize the brightest and most successful individuals.

How do I know if I qualify as an individual with extraordinary abilities?

Most successful applicants in the past years have ranged from outstanding professors/researchers to leaders of multinational businesses. These individuals' level of expertise often need to be backed by physical achievements such as: Nobel prizes, teaching awards, and published materials. For influential executives of multinational corporations, physical achievements can come in forms of salaries, recommendations, or other indicators of success.

Essentially, the EB-1 program is broken down into three major categories: extraordinary abilities, outstanding educators, and multinational executives. Besides fulfilling the prerequisites for the respective fields in the following three categories, there is still a secondary criterion these individuals must fulfill.

Despite the fact that all 10 the criteria do not need to be fulfilled; applicants need to satisfy at least three of the 10 options. Examples of a few secondary criteria options are listed below for reference. Please note that this is only a partial list.

Proof of membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding accomplishments from their members, proof of one's commercial success in their designated field, and proof of receiving nationally or internationally recognized prizes for excellence.

Here is some questions applicants should ask themselves before approaching USCIS:

Extraordinary Talent

  • Have I received any notable awards for my proposed extraordinary abilities?
  • Have I ever been asked to be on a panel, judging works in my relevant field?
  • Am I part of any special organization related to my work?

Multinational Executives

  • Is my petitioning employer in the United States?
  • How long have I been working in my current position?

Outstanding Professor or Researcher

  • Have I published works/research in my relevant field? Have those works been cited by other scholars around the world?
  • Have I received any international awards such as the Nobel or Pulitzer prize?
  • Am I a part of a judging panel that critiques work in my relevant field?

Ultimately, the decision on whether to apply for a United States green card via the EB-1 program is an important one that applicants should carefully consider. There are many prerequisites to consider prior to applying for the EB-1 program, this is why it is vital to contact legal assistance and guidance from our immigration office before starting the process.

It is advisable to seek legal guidance from our office today as we strive to help guide you with your specific case. 

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