The EB in an EB-1 Visa stands for Employment-Based. In determining who is allowed to immigrate, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service gives First Preference to people likely to benefit the country. Those with exceptional talent or specialized skills are given preference because of the contributions they can make to our society. Professionals who excel in areas including business, technology, academics, science, and the arts can petition for permanent residence status by applying for an EB-1 Visa.
Successful immigration can be a long, complicated and confusing process. When applying for a visa, it’s very important to get it right the first time. Your best chance at success is with a skilled and experienced immigration attorney who can guide your application through the bureaucracy. For help with your visa application, talk to the Orlando Immigration Lawyers at the Rivas Law Firm. Call 407-644-2466 to get started.
EB-1 Immigration Categories
An EB-1 Visa can be an advantageous way to get a Green Card. EB-1 Visa applicants do not have to provide a Labor Certification, which is used to show that an immigrant would not be taking a job for which qualified U.S. workers are available.
There are three categories of EB-1 Visas.
EB-1A is the First Preference visa, known as the Extraordinary Ability Visa. This is the category used by people who are nationally or internationally acclaimed as leaders in their fields. They have achieved outstanding accomplishments in commerce, education, sports, arts or science. The EB-1A generally applies to people who have won awards or other types of recognition for their exceptional skill and talent.
Applicants must provide other evidence of merit, such as publication in prestigious journals, awards, or significant contributions to their field of expertise. These requirements are spelled out in the USCIS Criteria for Demonstrating Extraordinary Ability. These applicants don’t need to have a job lined up already, but they are expected to continue in their fields of expertise while in the country.
EB-1B Second Preference Visas are for Outstanding Professors or Researchers. They generally go to leaders in academics who have at least three years of experience in teaching or research – usually at a university or institution. These visas are for those working toward a tenured track or similar research position. Applicants must meet the applicable Criteria for Demonstrating Extraordinary Ability and have a job offer in America from a qualified employer.
EB-1C Third Preference Visas are for executives and managers of multinational companies transferring to the United States. International companies with American operations often utilize this type of visa to bring talented executives from overseas to work in the US.
All of these types of visas have very specific conditions and require detailed documentation.
The process of getting a Green Card involves many steps involving numerous filings and deadlines. The best way to ensure success for your EB-1 Visa application is to engage a knowledgeable and experienced immigration lawyer. The Orlando Immigration Attorneys at the Rivas Law Firm can help. Call 407-644-2466 to get your immigration journey off to a good start.