EB-1A Green Card
EB-1A Green Card is a subcategory of EB-1 employment-based Green Card, and it is issued to people who harness extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.
- The applicant must continue working in the area of his/her expertise after coming to the U.S.
- The applicant must have evidence of his/her extraordinary achievement in his or her area of expertise. This could be a Pulitzer, Oscar, or Olympic Medal.
If the applicant does not have such an internationally recognized achievement, s/he must meet at least three of the ten criteria;
- Evidence of receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence
- Evidence of the applicant’s membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members
- Evidence of published material about the applicant in professional or major trade publications or other major media
- Evidence that the applicant has been asked to judge the work of others, either individually or on a panel
- Evidence of the applicant’s original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field
- Evidence of the applicant’s authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media
- Evidence that the applicant’s work has been displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases
- Evidence of the applicant’s performance in a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations
- Evidence that the applicant commands a high salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field
- Evidence of the applicant’s commercial successes in the performing arts
The spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 are eligible to accompany the applicant. Spouses may seek admission in E-14 and children in E-15 immigrant status.
Yes. Unlike many other Green Cards through employment categories, you can sponsor yourself for EB-1A Green Card.
Fortunately, EB-1A Green Card processing time is much shorter than other Green Card categories for applicants changing their status to EB-1A, thanks mostly to the permission of self-petitioning. The average processing time of I-140 is one year.
It is possible to apply EB-1A under premium processing categories with additional payment.
Yes! Applicants who are not in a legal nonimmigrant status and reside outside of the U.S. can apply for EB-1A through consular processing, though this pathway is, unfortunately, longer than an adjustment of status. To learn more about consular processing, please visit Consular Processing.