EB-1 Green Card: Extraordinary Ability, Multinational Managers or Executives & Outstanding Professors and Researchers
Select foreign nationals may be eligible for EB-1 green cards if they possess an ability that is considered “extraordinary,” or if they are an outstanding professor/researcher, or if they are a multinational executive or manager. While the standards are high, there is no restriction with respect to education.
EB-1 persons of extraordinary ability
Extraordinary ability, multi-national executives and managers, and outstanding researchers and professors.
The foreign applicant must demonstrate that he or she possesses an extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim. Unlike other employment-based green card applications, no offer of employment is required for EB-1 green cards.
The applicant for an EB-1 green card must meet 3 out of 10 criteria to prove extraordinary ability in his/her field:
- Evidence of receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence
- Evidence of membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members
- Evidence of published material in professional or major trade publications or other major media
- Evidence that the applicant have been asked to judge the work of others, either individually or on a panel
- Evidence of original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field
- Evidence of authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media
- Evidence that the applicant’s work has been displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases
- Evidence of performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations
- Evidence that the applicant commands a high salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field
- Evidence of commercial successes in the performing arts
EB-1 outstanding professors and researchers
The EB-1 applicant must demonstrate a level of international recognition for his/her outstanding achievements within a particular field of academics. The applicant must also have at least 3 years of experience in either research or teaching in an academic area. He/she must also be coming to the United States to pursue tenure or a comparable research position at a university or other other educational institution.
In addition to an employment offer from a U.S. employer, the EB-1 petition must include evidence of at least two of the following:
- Evidence of receipt of major prizes or awards for outstanding achievement
- Evidence of membership in associations that require their members to demonstrate outstanding achievement
- Evidence of published material in professional publications written by others about the alien’s work in the academic field
- Evidence of participation, either on a panel or individually, as a judge of the work of others in the same or allied academic field
- Evidence of original scientific or scholarly research contributions in the field
- Evidence of authorship of scholarly books or articles (in scholarly journals with international circulation) in the field
EB-1 multinational managers or executives
The EB-1 applicant must have been employed abroad for at least three years preceding the petition, for at least one year, by the parent or affiliate firm overseas. Further, he/she must be entering the United States to continue working for the same firm. The employment abroad must have been in a managerial or executive capacity and with the same employer, an affiliate, or a subsidiary of the employer. The petitioning U.S. employer must have been in operations for at least a year, as an affiliate, a subsidiary, or as the same corporation or other legal entity that employed the foreign national abroad.
Our EB-1 Green Card Legal Services
Our legal services include: evaluating the employer and candidate’s viability of an EB-1 petition; determining eligibility based on criteria; preparing the petition and all supporting evidence; application for residency, including consular processing or adjustment of status; and preparation for the consulate or USCIS interview.