Extraordinary Ability Green Cards (EB-1-1)

An alien seeking lawful permanent resident (green card) status in the United States, based on extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, must prove:

“a level of expertise indicating that the individual is one of that small percentage who have risen to the very top of the field of endeavor,” through “extensive documentation of sustained national or international acclaim” and “recognized achievements in the field of expertise.”

To demonstrate extraordinary ability, as defined above, USCIS requires evidence of either 1) a one-time achievement (that is a major internationally recognized award, with Nobel Prize cited as the quintessential example); or 2) evidence demonstrating satisfaction of at least 3 of the following 10 criteria:

  1. Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards;
  2. Membership in organizations which require outstanding achievement;
  3. Significant published material regarding achievements in professional or major trade publications;
  4. Judge of the work of others;
  5. Original contributions to the field;
  6. Articles written and published in professional or trade  publications or other major media;
  7. Display of work at artistic exhibitions or showcases;
  8. Performance of leading or critical role for organizations with distinguished reputations;
  9. High salary offer relative to the field;
  10. Evidence of commercial success in the performing arts;
  11. Comparable evidence, if the above are not readily applicable.

An I-140 petition filed on behalf of an alien with extraordinary ability does not need to be supported by a job offer.  An alien may “self-petition.”  However, an alien must demonstrate that he or she intends to continue work in the area of extraordinary ability, and that such work will prospectively and substantially benefit the United States.


If you are interested in the EB-1-1 based green card and have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at 1-415-215-6883, or Michael@ryvinlaw.com.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s