EB-1 First Preference – Employment Based Immigration
This first preference category, also referred toas the Extraordinary Ability Aliens category, is given to those who specialize in fields of science, art, business, education, and athletics. These individuals must prove they have risen to the top of their career field.
Compared to other employment-based immigrations, this category offers significant benefits to those who are awarded. But, this qualification is not easy to obtain. It requires that you prove your excellence by receiving a reward or a significant prize (similar to the Nobel Prize) or have a minimum of three types of the following:
- Documentation of lesser recognized awards of excellence in your specialty field;
- Documentation proving your membership to associations for specialists in your field that are judged by other professionals or international experts;
- Evidence that you have participated as an individual or in a panel as a judge of others in the same specialty;
- Published materials in major trade publications or major media relating to your specific work;
- Evidence of authorship;
- Evidence of your original scientific, artistic, athletic, scholarly or business-related intellectual property;
- Evidence of your works that have been displayed publically through exhibitions or showcases;
- Evidence of commercial success;
- Evidence that you have earned a high salary due to your excellence in your specialty;
- Evidence that you have played a critical role in organizations for your specialty.
Why You Need an Attorney for EB-1 First Preference
While you may be a specialist in your field, the EB-1 First Preference application process is highly complex. The U.S. wants you to prove your excellence and most importantly, prove that your entering the country benefits the United States. The application’s approval is at the discretion of the USCIS and the entire procedure is highly complex. Even with the abilities and documented proof, you may not be able to accurately highlight your skills for the individuals reviewing your application.
An immigration attorney can help highlight the right information, ensure you have proper documentation, and represent your case during the visa application process. At the Gambacorta Law Office, we have represented hundreds of EB-1 applicants with a high success rate.
Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation regarding your EB-1 Visa, and learn how we can help you.