Alien of Extraordinary Ability

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Introduction To EB-1A Application

EB1-A is a subcategory of Employment-based Green Card 1st preference. Green Card Link specializes in EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petitions. This immigrant visa preference is for foreign nationals with extraordinary ability and skill in sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. Pursuant to federal immigration law, unlike EB-1b and EB-1c, the petitioner is not required to have an employer, but they must be entering to continue to work in their chosen field, and they must substantially benefit prospectively in the U.S. In addition, the petitioner must show that the foreign person sustained national or international acclaim with recognized achievements. This is the requirement that is most difficult to prove. Based on our experience, Green Card Link has developed winning strategy of argument to meet this prong of requirement. To win an extraordinary ability case requires extensive documentation and excellent petition skills of the attorney. You can trust Green Card Link with your EB1-A case.

Aria Vatankhah

Attorneys must demonstrate exceptional petition skills and a willingness to submit extensive evidence in order to achieve success with extraordinary ability cases. Our clients can place their trust in Green Card Link for EB1-A cases.

Aria Vatankhah

EB-1A Advantages:

No Labor Certification Required, Self-Petition is Allowed

The employment-based classification EB-1A offers numerous advantages. Firstly, it doesn't mandate an offer of employment for non-immigrants in this category, as long as they intend to continue working in the field where they possess extraordinary ability upon entering the U.S. Consequently, self-petitioning is allowed. However, it's important to note that while self-petitioning is an option, it may not always be the best choice. The immigration visa petition process is intricate, and the attorneys at Green Card Link are well-equipped to navigate the complex legal aspects. Green Card Link has a proven track record of successfully filing numerous EB-1A cases.

No Labor Certification is Required, Self Petition is Allowed

Qualifications of an EB-1A Petitioner

To qualify for an EB1-A visa, the client must demonstrate the following:

Definitions and Evidence of “Extraordinary Ability“ for EB1-A

Immigration Law defines “extraordinary ability“ as a level of expertise indicating the individual is one of a small percentage who have risen to the very top of a particular field in the sciences, arts, education, business, and athletics. The federal law indicates that such a person will have received national and international acclaim. National or international acclaims can be demonstrated by receipt of a major internationally recognized award such as Nobel Prize or the Academy Award. Or,

Alternatively, immigration law requires that the petitioner provides at least three of the following types of evidence:

  1. Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in the field of endeavor.
  2. Membership in an association that requires outstanding achievement as a condition of membership in the field for which the classification is sought
  3. Published material about the foreign person or his or her work in professional, trade journals, or major media publications. (These items must include title, date, author, and must be translated into English)
  4. The foreign person’s participation, on a panel or individually, as a judge of the work of others in the same or a related field
  5. Evidence of original contributions, usually through publication, of major significance in the foreign national’s fields of science, scholastic, artistic, or athletic
  6. Authorship of scholarly articles in the field, in professional journals, or other major media (national newspapers, magazines, etc.)
  7. Display of the foreign national’s work at significant exhibitions
  8. Performance in a significant role for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation
  9. Receipt of a higher salary or remuneration than is usual in the field
  10. Commercial success in the performing arts as shown by box office receipts or sales records, cassette, compact disk, or video sales, or
  11. Other comparable evidence if the above types of evidence do not readily apply to the foreign national’s occupations

The meanings of these evidentiary criteria are ambiguous. Cases in front of AAO (Administrative Appeal Office) have indicated that not every criterion applies to every foreign beneficiary. 

Aria Vatankhah

Attorneys are sometimes confused about the evidence types that apply to the particular case. Green Card Link will correctly determine which evidence is relevant to the petitioner’s application based on the attorney’s experience, education, and legal training.

Aria Vatankhah

EB1-A Applicant Must be Top of the Field of Expertise

Regarding the requirement that the non-resident must represent a “small percentage who has risen to the very top” of the field of study, AAO rulings signify that the relevant field of study must be distinct before a determination can be made as to whether the non-resident has extraordinary ability in that area.  
Green Card Link advises that if the field is clearly distinct, the firm will probably claim that the non-resident has “risen to the very top” of the field of study.

 In Aria Vatankhah’s blog article,Are You at the Top of the Field of Expertise?”  Mr. Vatankhah clarified that clients should utilize the non-resident’s past working experience and education to define the field of expertise.
Nevertheless, it is not always the case that the more clearly the field is defined, the better the chances of getting approved. AAO rulings have indicated that the judging officers become suspicious in cases where the field of expertise is so narrowly defined that “rising to the top of the endeavor” is unimportant. Please contact Green Card Link to find out more about defining the field of expertise.

Are You at the Top of the Field of Expertise?

Learn how to your past working experience and education to define the field of expertise.

Presenting Evidence

Green Card Link attorneys advise that the most effective method to determine if the non-resident is “one of the small percentage who have risen to the very top” of his or her area of study is to provide documentation that sets a benchmark for comparison between the non-resident and their colleagues that are deemed typical or average in the area of study. For instance, if the non-resident is in a discipline in which the printing of academic pieces is normal, Green Card Link will show documentation that the petitioner’s pieces were seen in the most prominent periodicals in the area of study, were the topic of peer discussion in these periodicals, or were extensively cited in other academic journals.

Approved Cases Comparison

Even though USCIS tries to discourage using comparisons between EB1-A successful petitions in the same area of expertise, Green Card Link attorneys have determined that both AAO and the court system regularly stated that agency regulations established the governing guideline for determining extraordinary skills as being a comparison with peers in the area of expertise. As a result, USCIS treatment of colleagues in the area of study with similar credentials is extremely significant to an extraordinary ability petition.

USCIS Adjudicators Two-Part Approach

In 2010, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reexamined the denial of a EB-1A petition, the Kazarian case. The AAO concluded that the Kazarian case utilized a two-part approach: Part One: Counting the Evidence Types Submitted; Part Two: Determination of Final Merits. Click this link to see a detailed summary of this notable case provided by Green Card Link.  Two-Part Approach (the Kazarian case) for EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition

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