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What is the definition of ‘extraordinary ability’ for EB-1 Employment based immigrant visa?

‘Extraordinary ability’ means a level of expertise indicating that you are one of that small per cent who has risen to the very top of your field of endeavor.

Your Achievements must:

  • Have been demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim
  • Be recognized in the field through extensive documentation
6.

Who is eligible to apply for EB-1 visa as a foreign national with ‘extraordinary ability’?

You must be a foreign national who:

  • Possesses ‘extraordinary ability’ in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics which has been demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim and whose achievements have been recognized in the field through extensive documentation
  • Seeks to enter the U.S. to continue work in the area of ‘extraordinary ability’ and
  • Upon entry into the U.S. will substantially benefit prospectively the U.S.

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Who is eligible to apply for EB-1 visa as an ‘outstanding professor or researcher’?

To qualify for an EB-1 visa as an ‘outstanding professor or researcher’ you must be a foreign national who:

  • Is recognized internationally as ‘outstanding’ in a specific academic area
  • Possesses at least three years of experience in teaching or research in the academic area, and
  • Seeks to enter the U.S. for a:
  • Tenured position (or tenure-track position) within a university or institution of higher education to teach in the academic area; or
  • Comparable position with a university or institution of higher education to conduct research in the area; or
  • Comparable position to conduct research in the area with a department, division, or institute of a private employer, if the department, division, or institute employs at least three persons full time in research activities and has achieved documented accomplishments in an academic field
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