EB1A Visa Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the EB1A Visa

EB1A VISA GUIDE - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE EB1A VISA

 

The EB1A visa is a great option for people with extraordinary abilities in the arts, sciences, business, education, or athletics.

 

With an EB1A visa, you can get your green card without a job offer from a US company.  And, because the EB1A visa is eligible for premium processing, your application can be reviewed in just 15 days.

 

In this guide, I’m going to explain what you need to know about the EB1A visa.

 

If you have any questions about the EB1A visa, email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. My team of US immigration lawyers and I would be happy to help you get your EB1A visa.

 

Overview:

 

1. What is the EB1A Visa?

 

2. What are the Benefits of an EB1A Visa?

 

3. What are the EB1A Visa Requirements? (How to Get an EB1A Visa)

 

4. How Does USCIS Decide Whether to Approve or Deny an EB1A Visa Petition?

 

5. What Documents are Needed to Apply for an EB1A Visa?

 

6. Conclusion

 

1. What is the EB1A Visa?

 

The EB1A visa is an immigrant visa for people that are highly gifted in certain industries. Specifically, the EB1A visa is for foreign nationals that have an extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, business, education, or athletics.

 

In order to get an EB1A visa, you must prove that you have an extraordinary ability, and that you will continue to work in your field of extraordinary ability upon coming to the United States.

 

Extraordinary ability means that you are one of the select few people who have risen to the very top of your field. There are multiple ways of proving extraordinary ability, such as receiving major awards in your industry, receiving a very high salary compared to others in your field, and other such factors (these will be discussed in detail below).

 

The EB1A classification is an immigrant classification so it qualifies for a green card for the applicant, their spouse, and children. Also, the EB1A classification is eligible for self-petition, so an applicant can file the application on their own behalf without a foreign company applying for them.

 

Summary:

 

  • The EB1A visa is an immigrant visa for people with an extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, business, athletics, or education.

 

  • The EB1A is reserved for people who have risen to the very top of their field.

 

  • In order to get an EB1A visa, you must show that you have an extraordinary ability and that you will continue to work in your field of extraordinary ability upon coming to the United States.

2. What are the Benefits of an EB1A Visa?

 

The EB1A visa does not require a US company sponsor:

 

  • Most employment-based immigrant visas require you to get a job offer from a US company.

 

  • The US company is also usually required to get an approved Labor Certification. A Labor Certification is a document showing that the US employer made attempts and was unable to get a qualified US worker to fill the position they are hiring you for.

 

  • With the EB1A visa, you do not need a US job offer or a Labor Certification.

 

  • Instead, you can apply for an EB1A visa by self-petition (meaning that you can apply yourself without a company sponsoring you).

 

The EB1A visa is an immigrant visa:

 

  • There are 2 types of visas: immigrant visas and non-immigrant visas.

 

  • Immigrant visas result in a green card and lawful permanent residency.

 

  • Non-immigrant visas are temporary and do not result in a green card.

 

  • Because the EB1A visa is an immigrant visa, if you are successful in your EB1A visa application, you qualify for a US green card.

 

  • Your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age can also obtain their green cards through your EB1A visa approval.

 

The EB1A visa is eligible for premium processing:

 

  • Premium processing is a service offered by USCIS for certain visa categories.

 

  • If you elect to have premium processing for your visa petition, USCIS will review your petition and issue a response within 15 days.

 

  • The fee for premium processing is $1,440

 

  • Because the EB1A visa is eligible for premium processing, you can have your petition reviewed and answered within 15 days. This is much faster than most other visas.

 

3. What are the EB1A Visa Requirements? (How to Get an EB1A Visa)

 

 

To get an EB1A visa, you need to prove 3 things:

 

  • That you have an extraordinary ability in either the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.

 

  • That you are coming to the United States to continue working in your field of extraordinary ability.

 

  • That your entry to the United States will substantially benefit the United States.

 

How to Prove That You Have Extraordinary Ability

 

  • Proving that you have extraordinary ability is the most important part of the EB1A visa application.

 

  • This section is so important that I’m going to go through it step-by-step.

 

1. What is Extraordinary Ability?

 

  • Extraordinary ability is “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.” [8CFR Section 204.5(h)(2)]

 

2. How do You Prove that You Have Extraordinary Ability?

 

  • To prove that you have extraordinary ability you must provide evidence that you have “sustained national or international acclaim” and that your “achievements have been recognized in the field of expertise.” [8CFR Section 204.5(h)(3)]

 

3. How do You Prove that You Have Sustained National or International Acclaim and That Your Achievements have Been Recognized in Your Field of Expertise?

 

There are 2 ways to prove this:

 

  • Evidence of a one-time achievement

 

  • OR evidence that you meet 3 of the 10 evidentiary criteria for an EB1A visa (discussed below)

 

One-Time Achievement

 

  • A one-time achievement must be a major, internationally recognized award.

 

  • Examples of a one-time achievement are: the Nobel Peace Prize, an Academy Award, a Grammy, etc.

 

  • If you have one of these major, internationally recognized awards, this will likely be sufficient to prove that you have sustained national or international acclaim and that your achievements have been recognized in your field of expertise.

 

  • If you do not have one of these awards, you will have to meet at least 3 of the 10 criteria discussed below.

 

Evidentiary Criteria for EB1A Visa

 

As stated above, if you do not have a major national or international award or recognition, you must satisfy at least 3 of the following requirements:

 

  • Receipt of  lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in your field of endeavor

 

  • Membership in associations in your field of endeavor, which require outstanding achievements of their members, as judged by recognized national or international experts in their disciplines or fields

 

  • Published material about you, in professional or major trade publications or other major media, relating to your work in your field of endeavor

 

  • Participation, either as an individual or as part of a panel, as a judge of the work of others in the same or an allied field of specialization for which classification is sought

 

  • Original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance in your field of endeavor

 

  • Authorship of scholarly articles in your field, in professional or major trade publications or other major media

 

  • The display of your work in your field at artistic exhibitions or showcases

 

  • You have performed in a leading or critical role for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation

 

  • You have commanded a high salary or other significantly high remuneration for services, in relation to others in your field

 

  • You have achieved commercial successes in the performing arts, as shown by box office receipts or record, cassette, compact disk, or video sales.

 

Keep in mind:

 

  • If one of these categories does not apply to your field of extraordinary ability, you may submit comparable evidence to demonstrate your eligibility for an EB1A visa.

 

  • For example, if you are a world renowned chef, you may not have evidence of commercial success in the performing arts. Instead, you might have evidence of very high commercial success for a cook-book that you authored.

 

  • In these situations, it is important to show why the criteria doesn't apply to your case and to explain why the evidence you are submitted should be accepted as a substitute.

 

How to Prove That you are Coming to the United States to Continue Working in Your Field of Extraordinary Ability.

 

In addition to proving that you have extraordinary ability, you must also show with clear evidence that you are coming to the USA to continue to work in your field of extraordinary ability.

 

You can meet this requirement by submitting any of the following evidence:

 

  • Letters from potential employers in your field of extraordinary ability

 

  • Contracts between you and US companies showing that you are committed to working in your field of extraordinary ability

 

  • A written statement by you with details of your plans to come to the United States and continue to work in your field of extraordinary ability

 

  • You are not required to have a job offer

 

How to Prove That Your Entry to the United States will Substantially Benefit the United States.

 

  • The final requirement to get an EB1A visa is that you must show that your entry to the United States will substantially benefit the United States.

 

  • It is generally assumed that if you will be working in the United States in your area of extraordinary ability, then you will be substantially benefitting the United States in some fashion.

 

  • Therefore, to meet this requirement, you generally don't need to submit evidence other than a written statement that your entry to the United States will substantially benefit the United States based on the fact that you will be working in your area of extraordinary ability.

 

4. How Does USCIS Decide Whether to Approve or Deny an EB1A Visa Petition?

 

USCIS has a 2-step process when determining whether to approve of deny an EB1A petition:

 

  • Step-1: Evidentiary Threshold

 

  • Step-2: Final Merits Determination

 

Step-1 Evidentiary Threshold

 

  • At this stage, USCIS checks to make sure that you have submitted evidence to satisfy at least 3 of the 10 categories listed above.

 

  • The quality and the caliber of the evidence you submit is measured during this stage.

 

  • If you do not meet at least 3 of the 10 criteria, then you application is denied at this stage.

 

  • At this stage, USCIS is not determining whether you are one of the select few that have risen to the top of your field.

 

Step-2 Final Merits Determination

 

  • At this stage, USCIS evaluates the totality of the evidence you have submitted to determine if you are individual of extraordinary ability.

 

  • It is at this stage where USCIS determines whether you are one of the select few who has risen to the top of your field.

 

  • Here, USCIS is also evaluating whether you have "sustained national or international acclaim" and whether your achievements have been recognized in your field of expertise.

 

Quick Summary of the Evaluation Process

 

  • Many people think that because they can check-off 3 of the evidentiary criteria listed above, that they are qualified for an EB1A visa.

 

  • This is not accurate!

 

  • In addition to showing that you have commanded a high salary, have awards, and published articles, or whatever other assortment of the criteria listed above, you still must meet the definition of extraordinary ability.

 

  • Just to repeat the definition: extraordinary ability is “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.” [8CFR Section 204.5(h)(2)]

 

  • This is a very high standard to meet, but it is achievable for the right candidate.

 

5. What Documents are Needed to Apply for an EB1A Visa?

 

The evidence that you submit in support of your EB1A application is extremely important to get approved.

 

The exact documents that you need to provide your immigration lawyer will depend based on your accomplishments, publications, accolades, etc.

 

With that disclaimer, here is is a list of general documents that you should expect to provide to your immigration lawyer:

 

  • Your resume or CV

 

  • Copies of your passport for you and your family

 

  • Evidence of your extraordinary ability such as copies of your publications, evidence of your awards, pay-stubs showing a high salary compared to your colleagues, citations, and other such evidence

 

  • Letters of recommendation and endorsement from experts and professionals in your field.

 

  • Evidence of the type of work you will be doing in the USA, including a job offer, a contract for work, or a signed statement regarding the work you will be doing in the USA.

 

Important Note Regarding Letters of Endorsement:

 

  • Letters of endorsement from experts in your industry are highly important to your EB1A visa application.

 

  • These letters should not be the primary evidence used to show that you have extraordinary ability.

 

  • Letters of endorsement from experts in the field are very helpful to explain the importance of your accomplishments and contributions to the field.

 

  • You should begin to think about who you can reach out to for letters of endorsement very early on in the planning of your EB1A visa application.

 

6. Conclusion

 

  • The EB1A visa is a great option for the right candidate.

 

  • If you are someone who has extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, athletics, business, or education, the EB1A visa is an option that you should consider.

 

  • The definition of extraordinary ability is 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.

 

  • You prove extraordinary ability by showing “sustained national or international acclaim” and that your “achievements have been recognized in the field of expertise.” [8CFR Section 204.5(h)(3)]

 

  • You prove sustained national or international acclaim and that your achievements have been recognized in your field of expertise by submitting evidence of a one-time achievement or by meeting 3 of the 10 evidentiary criteria listed above.

 

You are now in a much better place to assess the EB1A visa and whether or not it is a good option for you to consider.

 

If you have any questions over anything discussed on this page, feel free to contact me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m very responsive via email and would be happy to answer your questions.

 

I’m Michael Ashoori, Esq. and I’m the founder of Ashoori Law, a Los Angeles based immigration law firm focused on helping professionals and entrepreneurs get visas to the United States.

 

Resources:

 

1. Business Immigration: Law & Practice, 2nd Ed. - Vol. 2: Chapter 3

 

2. 8CFR Section 204.5(h)(2)

 

3. 8CFR Section 204.5(h)(3)

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Nello Trops
13:26 12 Mar 20
I have retained Ashoori Law for my immigration needs, I did work with a previous immigration attorney as well this is what I can say. The amount of information Ashoori Law provides to the general public by maintaining newsletters, blogs etc... sold... me, Ashhori Law takes the time to inform the general public and educate the general public who is interested in immigrated to the US that is of great value. After hiring Ashhori Law the process was smooth and clear, the response times are optimal. They are honest and are not just sitting around trying to make a quick buck when there's no hope. They truly advise you properly and are very transparent as well, no hidden fees. They were successful in filling my immigration needs and hands down I can recommend them to all my friends and contacts. Michael and Lahaina are professionals, they respond quickly and inform you quickly of any changes if any. I will definitely use them again in the near future. Thank youread more
emma Daniels
02:18 06 Mar 20
Karla was Very friendly to chat with and helpful
James Corcoran
14:38 05 Mar 20
I posting this for my wife in China VPN not workingI am so impressed by Mr. Michael Ashoori and will not hesitate to recommend him to you as one of the best immigration attorneys!!!For my case, I had an urgent timeline to apply for a re-entry... permit. To make it more complicated, I had multiple international travel plans during the application period. I reached out to quite a few attorneys for assistances. They either turned me down directly due to the time constrain or did not reply at all. On the contrary, Michael assured the feasibility of such an application during the first teleconference. Just as what he told me, all worked out perfectly under his coordination.To me, the following sets Mr. Michael Ashoori and his team apart from most of his peers:1) He is not only knowledge of the immigration laws and regulations but also highly familiar of the immigration authorities’ operation details. This is extremely critical to an urgent case since every step matters.2) He has the right AI system setup to monitor the daily workflows and handle the repetition workloads. Therefore, his team can focus on the key variables and client interactions efficiently.3) His fee is very reasonable and competitive.4) He cares about his clients as a friend. That is precious in a business world.You are in good hands if you pick Mr. Michael Ashoori and his team!read more
Humayun Tariq
08:09 05 Mar 20
I applied for the re- entry permit with Micheal Ashoori. I can say without a doubt, Micheal is the most helpful lawyer I have found there. What I love about Micheal is that he is really accessible to anyone, unlike other lawyers. He is always... available for a consultation call and clears out the queries patiently. He gives the best advice suited to the situation which has really helped me out with my planning.When I decided to apply for my re- entry permit with Micheal, he assisted me throughout the process. I just had to mail him the signed copy of the application and rest was handled by him and his team.Also, his team members, specifically Lahaina Araneta, are a joy to work with. They have been very responsive on e-mail even if it is late at night.Micheal, along with his team members, is very polite and never rushes an answer.I would definitely recommend everyone to work with Micheal if they need legal assistance in delicate matters such as immigration. He is the best you can get out there in terms of being responsible, responsive and accessible.read more
Sriram Akella
06:07 27 Feb 20
Worked with Micheal for applying reentry permits for my wife and myself. He prepared all the paper work and was ready so that we could file the day we landed in US. Very Friendly and answered all my questions with patience.Would definitely... recommend him for any immigration related work.read more
bardia bahrami
00:02 26 Feb 20
He was awesome, everything was straight forward with Michael and his team. I received my re-entry permit 6 weeks after submitting my request .
Tom Tam
17:43 22 Feb 20
This lawyer was awesome and helped my family with our own immigration case! 10/10 would recommend!
Remo Barducci
07:56 14 Feb 20
From the very first call where we were taken through the process right through to completion, all the interaction with Ashoori has been of the highest level . The advice we were given , how we were steered through the whole process and the brilliant... communication was simply faultless . Even though we are based in Australia on the other side of the world , time zones were no issue . Anyone planning on using Ashoori law, we recommend them very highlyread more
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

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