EB-1A-Extraordinary Ability

You may qualify for EB-1A as an alien with Extraordinary Ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim. Unless you have one-time achievement, such as Pulitzer, Oscar, Olympic Medal), you must meet 3 out of the 10 listed criteria below to prove extraordinary ability in your field:

  • Evidence of receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence
  • Evidence of your membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members
  • Evidence of 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
  • Evidence of your original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field
  • Evidence of your 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
  • Evidence of your performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations
  • Evidence that you command a high salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field
  • Evidence of your commercial successes in the performing arts

In addition to meeting the above criteria, the USCIS will conduct a final merits determination if a level of expertise indicating that the individual is “one of that small percentage who have risen to the very top of the field of endeavor.” and (ii) sustained national or international acclaim and that his or her achievements have been recognized in the field of expertise.

For EB-1A, no job offer is required meaning the alien can self-petition.