EB-1 Visa Lawyers in Cincinnati
Helping Priority Workers Obtain Lawful Permanent Residence
The “Alien of Extraordinary Ability” category is reserved for that small percentage who has risen to the very top of their field or endeavor. This subcategory covers aliens who are outstanding researchers or possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. The extraordinary ability subcategory does not require a specific job offer, so long as the alien states that they will continue to work in the field of their extraordinary ability in the US. As such, the alien may file a petition on their own behalf, rather than having an employer file for them as their sponsor.
To demonstrate extraordinary ability, the alien must show at least three of the following:
- Receipt of lesser national or international prizes or awards for excellence in their field of endeavor
- Membership in associations in the field of endeavor that require outstanding achievements of their members
- Published material about the alien and their work in professional journals, trade publications, or the major media
- Participation, either in a group or alone, as a judge of others in the same or a similar field
- Original scientific, scholarly, or artistic contributions of major significance in the field of endeavor
- Authorship of scholarly articles in the field, published in professional journals or the major media
- Display of the alien’s work at artistic exhibitions or showcases in more than one country
- Performance in a lead, starring, or critical role for organizations with a distinguished reputation
- A high salary compared to others in the field
- Commercial success in the performing arts, as shown by box office receipts and sales
When a researcher, physician, scientist, or other qualifying professional files an EB-1 petition, there is rarely, if ever, an interview with a USCIS adjudicator. Therefore, we require all our clients to write a personal statement in support of their petition. This statement is a chance for the applicant to advocate for themselves—it is not a time to be shy or modest, but to fully demonstrate their qualifications and achievements as one of the top professionals in their field. While using language a lay person could understand (i.e. minimal scientific or field-specific jargon), a successful applicant should clearly explain their impact on their field, as well as how their work relates to the criteria listed above.
The EB-1 is a good option for those applicants who do not wish to file for labor certification (PERM). Only an alien of extraordinary ability may self-petition (i.e. apply without a sponsor). However, you must file a compelling, thorough, and accurate application to prevent a “request for evidence” issued by USCIS, which triggers a substantial delay.
Our team at The Fleischer Law Firm LLC can help you avoid issues like requests for evidence and maximize the efficiency of your application process. We have a track record of success in obtaining EB-1 visas for dancers, doctors, businessmen, scientists, researchers, athletes, artists, and many other occupations. We look forward to doing the same for you.
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