First preference (EB-1) category is available to foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics.

Individuals must: demonstrate that their extraordinary ability has/is sustained national or international acclaim and whose achievements have been recognized in the field; and seeks entry to continue work in that area of extraordinary ability; and entry will benefit the U.S.

Foreign nationals seeking extraordinary ability do not require a specific employer in order to apply for an EB-1 visa. However, the foreign national must intend to pursue work in the U.S. in the area of expertise.

Evidence shall include either:

  1. A one-time achievement such as a major international recognized award; or
  2. Three of any of the following:
  • Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized awards
  • Membership in an association in the field for which classification is being sought which requires outstanding achievement of their members, as judged by recognized national or international experts
  • Published material about the person in professional or major trade publications or other major media
  • Participation as a judge of the work of others
  • Evidence of original scientific, scholastic, artistic, athletic or business related contributions of major significance
  • Authorship of scholarly articles in the field
  • Performance in a leading or cultural role for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation
  • Artistic exhibitions or showcases
  • High salary or remuneration in relation to others in the field
  • Commercial success in the performing arts.
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