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First Preference EB-1 Visa

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The EB-1 or extraordinary ability visa, is designed for individuals who are at the top of their field and wish to come to the United States for work. Individuals must express an extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education or business through national or international acclaim. Every year the U.S. grants 140,000 green cards under the employment based-visas. Within the EB-1 category, an individual might qualify for one of three subcategories.

  • Extraordinary Ability – These are people with outstanding abilities in the sciences, arts, business or athletics. Someone who may qualify for an EB-1 visa might be an individual who won an Olympic medal and wishes to work and train in America. Another example could be an internationally acclaimed musician who would like to move to the United States for business.
  • Outstanding Researcher or Professor: Researchers and other scholars who might qualify for this subcategory might include Nobel Prize winners, Pulitzer prize winners or other highly regarded awards or recognitions.
  • Multinational Executives and Managers: This category could represent multinational company managers who wish to begin an office in the United States. Examples of this could be a Nintendo executive or Sony executive applying to begin their first U.S. branch.

Qualification for an EB-1 Visa

Unlike some employment visas, individuals interested in applying for the EB-1 visa do not need a permanent job offer and can petition on their own behalf. This visa is also widely popular because it does not require a PERM labor certification, which can be a costly and extensive process to file.

Instead those that wish to file must meet at least 3 of the below categories:

  • You have won major prizes or awards for the work done in your field.
  • You are a member of an exclusive, merit-based community or club
  • You have material published in professional publication
  • You have participated as a judge for work of others in the same field
  • Evidence of scholarly, scientific or business contributions to your field
  • Had your work displayed in a renowned exhibit or gallery
  • Command a high salary or other payment or your services as compared to others in your field.
  • Have commercial success in the field of performing arts.

How The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh Can Help

The York immigration attorney at The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh, is knowledgeable on which preference and subcategory you might qualify for. She can thoroughly examine all documentation needed and ensure nothing is omitted from the required paperwork.

Call to schedule your consultation with a York immigration lawyer today.

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