Canadian and US Immigration Law

EB-1A Visa – Extraordinary Ability

EB-1A Visa – Extraordinary Ability

To qualify under the Extraordinary Ability category of the EB-1 program, applicants must be able to demonstrate extraordinary ability that is a level of expertise significantly above that which is typically found in their field of work. Your achievements must be recognized in your field through extensive documentation.

EB-1A Visa Requirements

You must meet 3 out of the 10 listed criteria below to prove extraordinary ability in your field. Some of these criteria include receiving major awards or prizes, membership in professional associations, published work, original contributions of major significance, participation as a judge of others’ work, and other comparable evidence of extraordinary ability.

Unlike other employment-based visa categories, the EB-1A visa does not require the employer to obtain a labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor, so the applicant can self-petition for the EB-1A visa without needing a specific job offer from a U.S. employer. The applicant must file a Form I-140 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The petition must include substantial evidence to support the claim of extraordinary ability.

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