There are multiple ways of entry into the U.S. Such as B-1, B-2 tourist visas or new startup visas, but if you are someone who has extraordinary ability in the science, art, education, business, or athletics EB-1 Visa could be a perfect match. The EB-1 Visa allows applicants to achieve permanent residence in the United States.

Am I Eligible for the Eb-1 Visa?

If you are an individual with these criteria, the probability of obtaining your permanent residency increases.

  1. If your ability was acclaimed nationally or internationally noticed.
    For example Olympic Medal, Nobel Prize or a Startup competition.
  2. Support of Extensive documentation on individual’s ability.

When the individual fulfills this requirement the EB-1 grants applicants with permanent residence within the United States. If you do not acquire any recognition on a national or international level, applicants can still demonstrate their extraordinary abilities, supported by extensive documentation, by meeting any three of the following criteria:

  1. Proof of a minor degree national and international prizes or awards for excellence.
  2. Proof of being a member of an associations that has remarkable achievements.
  3. Proof of publications by Major media productions on the individual’s ability.
  4. Proof of participating as a Judge, either individually or on a panel of others work.
  5. Proof of a major contribution towards your ability related field.
  6. Proof of authorship of some intellectual articles in a Professional journal, trade publication, and any other major media.
  7. Proof of your work being displayed at exhibitions or showcases.
  8. Proof of taking a leading or a critical role in a notable organization.
  9. Proof of high salary or remuneration opportunities relative to your ability related field.
  10. Proof of commercial success obtained through office receipts, C.D, DVD sales or cassette by performing arts.

Workers of all skill levels can still come to the US by meeting these criteria

Other Visas you could be Eligible for

For other options, you can always look into Eb-2, Eb-3 and Entrepreneur Visa (Startup Visa – Parole for Entrepreneurs).

EB-2 Visa is similar to EB-1 Visa which is an employment-based visa for people with extraordinary abilities – Applicants who hold an advanced degree, or those who can prove their abilities in a within their profession.

These are subcategories of Eb-2 visas:

  • EB-2A – for people with advanced degrees and with a job offer from a U.S. company.
  • EB-2B – for those with special ability in the business, sciences or arts (Employment offer is required).
  • EB-2C – for people with extraordinary ability, or an advanced degree, who can prove that their ability will benefit the U.S national interest (Employment offer is not required).

Eb-3 Visas also share a similar criterion for eligibility:

  • “Professionals” – People whose job requires a minimum baccalaureate degree and proof of membership within professions.
  • “Skilled workers” – People whose job requires training or work experience for at least 2 years
  • “Other workers” – People who perform unskilled labor requires training or work experience for at least 2 years

Lastly, the Entrepreneur visa for the USA is currently frozen by the current administration. As long as the latter is frozen, the most common options are the O-1 Visa, EB-1 or EB-2.

This article is not a legal advice, just my two cents.