EB-1A Non-Citizen of Extraordinary Ability Visa Requirements

In general, to qualify for the EB-1A Non-Citizen of Extraordinary Ability category, the person seeking permanent residence (the beneficiary) must be able to show “sustained national or international acclaim” and must show that his/her achievements have been recognized in the field of expertise. Evidence to show that you meet these requirements can be a one-time major international award, such as the Nobel Prize, along with evidence showing that he/she will continue to work in the same field of expertise, or the beneficiary can also document at least three of the following:

  1. Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence.
  2. Membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members.
  3. Published material about you in professional or major trade publications or other major media.
  4. Participation as a judge of the work of others, either individually or on a panel.
  5. Evidence of original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field.
  6. Authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media.
  7. Artistic exhibitions or showcases.
  8. Performance in a leading or critical role for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation
  9. High salary or remuneration in relation to others in the field.
  10. Commercial success in the performing arts