The EB-1A visa is for Extraordinary Ability. It is a first-preference employment-based immigrant visa. The visa is employment-based, which means that an employer must be the one petitioning an applicant with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Because it is an immigrant visa, it will allow the applicant to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. This visa would allow for your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 to apply for a dependent immigrant visa. You can not only live and work in the United States on this visa and bring your family, but you can also file the I-485 Adjustment of Status concurrently with this visa.
In order to qualify for the EB-1A visa, you must demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics and attained national or international acclaim. You must also demonstrate that you will continue to work in your field in the United States and that your work will substantially benefit the United States. It is not required to have an offer of employment or labor certification for this visa.
To show that you have attained acclaim of Extraordinary Ability, you should be able to provide receipt of a noteworthy one-time achievement (Nobel Prize, Olympic Gold Medal, Oscar, etc.) or that you meet at least three of the Extraordinary Ability criteria below:
- Receipt of lesser national or international prizes or awards for excellence in your field
- Membership in an association that requiere outstanding achievement in the field
- Published material about you and your work in professional trade journals/major media
- Your participation as a judge of the work of others in the same/related field
- Evidence of original contributions of major significance in your field
- Authorship of scholarly articles in the field – published in professional journals or other major media.
- Evidence that your work has been displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases
- Performance in a significant role for organizations/establishments with a distinguished reputation
- Receipt of a salary or remuneration higher then is usual in the field
- Commercial success in the performing arts, shown by box office receipts, sales records, CD, or video sales
- Other comparable evidence if above types of evidence do not readily apply to your occupation