Are You An Immigrant With An Extraordinary Ability?
Establishing permanent residency in the U.S. is not easy, but you have a path to it if you qualify as an immigrant of extraordinary ability. Immigration attorney Tatiana S. Aristova can assist you with filing your EB-1 visa petition, helping you prepare your support letters and affidavits, and with every other step of the immigration process. Relying on her more than 22 years of experience as a lawyer, she understands the many challenges of securing EB-1 status and will help you avoid pitfalls.
If you have questions about the EB-1 visa, you can read some of the answers she has provided on this page.
What, exactly, is an EB-1 visa?
The EB-1 visa, also called the first-preference or employment-based immigrant visa, is for skilled immigrants who:
- Have extraordinary abilities
- Are outstanding professors or researchers
- Are multinational executives or managers
Each category has distinct criteria that you must meet – for example, receiving acclaim in your industry, winning a significant prize, or having membership in elite and prestigious associations. An EB-1 visa is good for up to 10 years but can be renewed.
What evidence do I need to submit in my EB-1 visa petition?
In addition to a résumé or curriculum vitae, you should include evidence of your professional achievements. The evidence you include in your petition will vary depending on your occupation. Some common examples include:
- Letters of reference from esteemed experts in your field
- Articles about you major publications
- Books or articles you have published
- Nationally or internationally recognized awards you have won
- Memberships you have in elite and highly selective professional organizations
- Patents you hold
- Evidence of top-level positions you held at prestigious organizations of distinguished reputation
- Proof of your participation in judging the work of others in your field
- Proof of high income or remuneration for your work
- Proof of display of your work at top-level venues
This is far from a complete list. Before submitting your petition, you should sit down with an immigration lawyer like Ms. Aristova who can help you gather persuasive evidence.
Who files the petition for an EB-1 visa?
Either you or your employer can file the visa petition.
If I don’t qualify for an EB-1, can I seek an EB-2 second-preference visa?
Yes! Pursuing an EB-2 visa is an excellent alternative. If you qualify for the National Interest waiver (NIW), you can file a petition for the EB-2 second-preference immigrant visa.
Do I need an immigration attorney’s help?
You are not required to hire a lawyer, but it is a very smart move. If the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denies your petition, you will have a history of immigrant visa petition filings, which pay negatively affect your ability to obtain non-immigrant visas. An attorney who has helped thousands of immigrants get visas knows what it takes to put you in a position for success.
Discuss EB-1 Visas With An Immigration Lawyer – Free Consults
If you believe that you qualify for an EB-1 extraordinary ability visa, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Aristova. She can sit down with you to discuss eligibility and help you take the next steps. Request your free initial consultation by texting her at 215-350-7972 or by using her online contact form. She provides consultations via Skype, and she also meets clients in her Trevose, PA, or her Brooklyn, NY offices.