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Obtaining a U.S. Green Card through EB1-A

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Monday, January 8, 2018 - 17:13

Part I:  An Introduction to EB1-A

The EB1-A subcategory is an easy way for many types of talented professionals in the arts, sciences, business, education, and sport to obtain green cards.  This is the first installment in a series to help potential immigrants to understand the EB1-A classification. This article will explain what the EB1-A subcategory is and the requirements for qualifying. 

Every year, the United States makes available 40,000 visas for "priority workers".  One set of priority workers are individuals with extraordinary abilities in the arts, sciences, business, education, and athletics. These individuals fall into the EB1-A classification.  The EB1-A green card process is simpler than other employment based pathways.  For starters, EB1-A priority workers do not need an employer to petition for them.  Additionally, like the other EB-1 subcategories, EB1-A priority workers do not need to obtain a labor certification before filing their petitions. The elimination of both of these requirements significantly unburdens the green card application process for qualifying EB1-A individuals. Furthermore, because there is currently no waiting period for obtaining an EB1 visa, approved applicants may immediately move to the United States.

To qualify for the EB1-A classification, an individual must satisfy three fundamental requirements:

(1) The individual must be nationally or internationally recognized in their field.  Evidence of recognition can consist of awards, memberships in selective associations, publications, displaying work in exhibits, earning a high salary, achieving commercial success in performing arts, and other accomplishments. A detailed explanation of qualifying evidence will be provided in the next article.  

(2) The individual must have the intention to continue working in their field in the United States.

(3) The individual's work will benefit the United States.

For more information on the EB1-A process stay tuned for our next installment on the type of evidence that can be used to establish your qualification for the EB1-A subcategory.

If you believe that you qualify for a green card, or would like to speak to an attorney to find out, please contact MT Law LLC to speak with one of our experienced attorneys at 1-800-345-1899.

About MT Law LLC:  We are an experienced, client focused immigration law firm with offices in Massachusetts, New York, California, and China. You can learn more about our legal practice and our talented attorneys by visiting http://www.mtlawllc.com or by contacting us at 800-345-1899 or info@mtlawllc.com.

The information provided is not intended as legal advice. This article contains general information and is intended for informational purposes only. If you have a question about your situation please contact an attorney directly.