People who qualify for work in the United States can apply for a specific type of visa known as the EB-1 employment-based immigration. The EB-1 visa is reserved for those who have extraordinary abilities, who are working on the establishment of an outstanding academic career or who are multinational executives or managers. In this article, our experienced lawyer gave the answers to the most asked EB-1 visa related questions.
Apart from the above-mentioned requirements, there are several other EB-1 visa eligibility criteria that will need to be fulfilled.
Extraordinary ability, for example, is defined as a specific set of advanced skills in the fields of science, art, business, education, athletics. To prove extraordinary ability, an applicant will have to meet at least three out of the following 10 criteria:
Those who want to prove an outstanding academic career will also need to provide a specific set of documents alongside their application. These documents include:
As you can see, extensive documentation is required to establish extraordinary abilities or accomplishments. If you’re not confident about your ability to gather and present all of the required information, a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney could be highly beneficial.
If you do not have extraordinary abilities or an outstanding academic career, you will need to get a potential U.S. employer involved in the process.
You will also need to complete a number of administrative steps that will also involve your potential United States employer. In the beginning, the U.S. employer will have to obtain labor certification and file the petitions required by law. Professors and researchers applying for an EB-1 visa also need to have an employer onboard during the process. The same applies to managers.
If the first part of the EB-1 visa application process is completed successfully, the potential employee will need to attend a U.S. Embassy interview in their home country. A complete list of U.S. embassies and consulates is available here.
Before embarking on this journey, you should factor in the cost of the EB-1 visa application. Anyone interested in the EB-1 visa will need to file I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers. The filing fee is $700 dollars. There could be additional charges, like a visa application processing fee and a USCIS immigration fee.
Some additional charges to anticipate include a medical examination fee, charges related to obtaining, and legalizing all of the required documentation and translation fees. If the U.S. embassy or consulate is located in another city, travel and accommodation expenses will also have to be accounted for.
Once all of the proper documents are submitted, there will be a waiting period to receive the approval. EB-1 visas have a cap, which means that the number of approved applicants each year is fixed. Hence, the waiting period is typically going to be a few months. In some instances, however, the entire EB-1 visa application process can stretch to 12 months or even more than a year.
Even if you supply all of the required documents and evidence there’s still some possibility for EB-1 visa denial, but with the help of a lawyer, you can approach the situation in a couple of ways. If this happens to you, get in touch with a nonimmigrant visa attorney as soon as possible.
For a start, you can refile the EB-1 visa documents on your own or with the lawyer’s help. This is typically possible whenever documents are missing and the U.S. authorities are requiring additional information. The lack of sufficient documentation is one of the easiest problems to overcome.
If you’re confident that the USCIS made a mistake, you can file a motion to reopen the case. This is a good opportunity for people who get additional evidence and documentation after they’ve received an EB-1 visa rejection.
A final possibility would be to appeal the decision. In this instance, the case will be forwarded to the Administrative Appeal Office. Winning an appeal is incredibly difficult, which is why you need to partner up with an experienced legal representative at Sverdloff Law Group.