There are several types of U.S. work visas, including one that is specifically for people who have extraordinary abilities. If a person has these talents, they may qualify for an EB-1 visa. An EB-1 visa is a priority visa, which means that the process to obtain one may be faster than other types.
An EB-1 visa can lead to lawful permanent residency in the U.S. for the applicant and their dependents.
Understanding the EB-1 visa
The EB-1A visa is used for people in education, business, athletics, science and the arts. These applicants must show that they have reached certain milestones in their career. This may include winning awards, having their work published or being internationally recognized as excelling in their field.
The EB-1B visa is used for researchers or professors who have outstanding achievements. Finally, the EB-1C visa is used for international executives or managers who are being transferred to work for a U.S. employer and intend to continue to work in their field when they come to the U.S.
An EB-1 visa does not require sponsorship by a U.S. employer, which means the applicant can submit the petition themselves. Before applying, the person should determine whether they meet the specific criteria listed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The applicant will need to include all relevant documentation to demonstrate their extraordinary abilities. They may also be required to attend an interview and have their biometric information collected. Once the application is accepted, the person can start work.
This process can be complex, and it is important that it is completed correctly.