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EB-1 Visa

What is an EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa?
Eligible for EB-1 Extraordinary Talent green cards are foreign nationals who can prove extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics by demonstrating that they are at the pinnacle of their area and have accrued sustained national or international renown.

The opportunity to completely avoid the work certification requirement is one of the main benefits of the EB-1 visa. Being able to qualify for the EB-1 will greatly shorten the time it takes to obtain a green card because the labor certification procedure is often what makes the EB2 process so drawn out. There are generally three EB1 Visa types: EB1A, EB1B, and EB1C.

What are the Three Types of EB-1 Visas?
There are three types of EB-1 Visa:

  • EB1A Extraordinary Ability Individuals

  • EB1B Outstanding Professor or Researcher

  • EB1C Multinational Manager

​​EB-1A Extraordinary Ability Requirements:

An applicant must either demonstrate national or international renown by meeting three of the ten mentioned requirements, or they must have won a significant, one-time honor that is internationally recognized, such as the Nobel Prize, Oscar, or Grammy award:


  1. Receiving a lower honor that is nationally or internationally renowned;

  2. Participation in organizations in the area that require extraordinary performance from their members;

  3. Published information about the applicant in reputable, important trade magazines, or significant media (may provide proof from news reports and pieces authored by foreign authors to back up the significant media evidence);

  4. Evaluated other people's work, either independently or as a group or committee;

  5. Original contributions that are highly significant to the field in terms of science, scholarship, art, or business;

  6. Writing scholarly essays for prestigious trade publications or professional journals;

  7. Work has been shown at exhibitions or showcases for the arts;

  8. Played a crucial or leadership role in prestigious organizations; (Can submit letters from experts to support the meritorious organizations' proof);

  9. Obtained a better income than others in the industry;

  10. Success on the market in the performing arts;

EB-1B Outstanding Professors or Researchers Requirements:
You must have at least three years of experience in teaching or research in your specific academic field, be on a tenure-track teaching assignment, and show evidence of international acclaim for outstanding achievements in your academic field to be eligible for the EB-1B outstanding professors or researchers visa. Additionally, you must show proof of an employment offer from an American business and meet at least two of the six requirements outlined by the USCIS. The standards comprise:


  1. Evidence of winning significant prizes or accolades for exceptional performance

  2. Evidence of affiliation with organizations that demand great performance from their members

  3. Evidence of articles regarding your applicant's academic work appearing in professional publications that were written by others.

  4. Evidence of involvement as a judge of other people's work in the same or similar academic discipline, either individually or as part of a panel.

  5. Proof of innovative contributions to the field through scholarly or scientific research

  6. Evidence of the writers' names on academic books or journal articles (in scholarly journals with international circulation)

Conditions for Multinational Executives or Managers under EB-1C:
The EB-1C visa may be the best option for you if you intend to work in the United States for a multinational firm in a managerial or executive role. You must have worked abroad for a minimum of one year in the three years immediately preceding your visa application in order to qualify for an EB-1C visa. Additionally, the company that is sponsoring your EB-1C visa must have been in operation for at least a year, have a qualifying link (such as an affiliate or subsidiary relationship) with the business where you previously worked abroad, and you must have a managerial or executive position.


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