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EB-1 Aliens of Extraordinary Ability

One of the ways in which clients can both avoid the lengthy PERM process and/or self-sponsor for a green card without an employer, is if they qualify as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability and fall within the EB-1 category. This category of visa allows a person to by-pass the labor certification (PERM) process and to apply directly for an immigrant visa (I-140), even without a sponsor. Susan B. Henner, Attorney at Law, PLLC, frequently files these types of cases for persons who are extraordinary in their field and which include artists, actors, musicians, athletes, scientists, or other extraordinary persons who have reached the top of their field.

In order to qualify for an EB-1 Green Card, the beneficiary must demonstrate that he or she has either won a major prize or award in their field (such as a Grammy, a Pulitzer, a Tony, etc) or they must show that they fall within three of the other enumerated categories of qualification. These categories include:

  • The beneficiary has received awards or prizes for outstanding achievements in his or her industry.
  • The beneficiary is a member of organizations or groups in their industry which require high achievements in order to obtain membership in the organization.
  • There has been material published in professional publications or trade publications or newspapers about the beneficiary or his or her work in the field.
  • The beneficiary has participated on a panel or served as the Judge of the work of others in his or her field.
  • The beneficiary has made scientific, scholarly, artistic or business- related contributions of major significance in the field.
  • The beneficiary has been employed in a critical or essential capacity for organizations or establishments in his or her field that have a distinguished reputation.
  • The beneficiary has earned a high salary or remuneration for his or her services.
  • The beneficiary held a lead or critical capacity for events or productions of distinguished reputations.
  • The beneficiary has exhibited or showcased his or her work at international venues or events or forums.
  • The beneficiary has received international recognition by experts in the field.
  • There has been reviews and material written about the work of the beneficiary in the media, newspapers, industry journals, etc.
  • The beneficiary has achieved commercial success in the industry.
  • If you are a non-U.S. citizen, and have extraordinary abilities like those outlined above, please contact Susan B. Henner today and take the first step toward a brighter future. You can reach Ms. Henner at 1-888-733-0141 or (914) 358-5200, by email at Susan@sbhenner.com, or use the contact form HERE on her website.