EB-1(A) alien of extraordinary ability

EB-1(A) Alien of Extraordinary Ability

Criteria for Demonstrating Extraordinary Ability

In order to demonstrate you have sustained national or international acclaim and that your achievements have been recognized in your field of expertise, you must either include evidence of a one-time achievement (major internationally-recognized award) or 3 of the 10 listed criteria below (or comparable evidence if any of the criteria do not readily apply):

  • 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.
How can Croce & Associates assist me in preparing and filing for lawful permanent residence under this immigrant visa classification?
  • Review the applicant’s CV (resume).
  • Assistant in demonstrating the above alien of extraordinary criteria.
  • Suggest modifications to the CV content to meet the criteria.
  • Prepare and implement a strategy for gathering the needed supporting evidence.
  • Complete the required immigration forms.
  • Prepare a comprehensive list of supporting documents.
  • Prepare a memorandum of law applying the supporting evidence to each of the qualifying criteria.
  • File the petition with USCIS.
  • Respond to any requests for additional evidence.
Where do most Alien of Extraordinary Ability candidates fail?
  • Lack of detail and necessary depth in the CV to be filed with USCIS.
  • Note: The EB-1 CV needs to be much more comprehensive and detailed than an ordinary CV used to apply for a job.
  • Failure to provide the appropriate type and depth of supporting documents.
  • Failure to prepare a comprehensive strategy for gathering and presenting the EB-1 application and supporting evidence to USCIS.
  • Incorrect or incomplete preparation of the forms.
  • Lack of an organized logical list of exhibits.
  • Inability to explain how the applicant’s experience and ability meet each one of the above-cited criteria.
I have an O-1 Nonimmigrant Visa as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability, so isn’t it the same criteria to obtain the Immigrant Visa under the EB-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability Category?
While the EB-1 criteria is essentially the same as the O-1 Nonimmigrant classification, USCIS scrutinizes the EB-1 application much more given that the candidate is seeking permanent residence in the U.S. as opposed to a Temporary Nonimmigrant (O-1 visa is valid for a maximum of 3 years). For more information or to schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney to review your eligibility for the EB-1 Alien of Extraordinary category email us a info@crocelegal.com or call our office at 786-200-3088.

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EB-1(A) Alien of Extraordinary Ability

Michelangelo Croce

Michelangelo grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in Criminology and Spanish.

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