The EB-1 (Extraordinary Ability) visa is an immigration visa category in the United States designed for individuals with extraordinary abilities in their fields of expertise. It allows individuals with notable achievements in areas such as science, arts, education, sports, business, and other similar fields to immigrate to the United States and pursue professional opportunities.

The EB-1 visa is an employment-based preference visa, which means there is no numerical restriction on its annual issuance. This is an advantage compared to other employment-based visa types such as EB-2 (Professionals with Advanced Degrees) and EB-3 (Skilled Workers and Professionals), which have annual caps and can have long waiting times.

To qualify for the EB-1 visa, the applicant must demonstrate extraordinary abilities and significant recognition in their field. There are three main criteria that can be used to demonstrate this:

International acclaim

The applicant must prove that they have achieved international recognition and acclaim in their field of expertise. This can be demonstrated through major awards, prestigious prizes, publications in high-level journals and magazines, participation in selective professional associations, among others.

Extraordinary abilities and achievements

The applicant must provide solid evidence of their extraordinary abilities and achievements that stand out among other professionals in the field. This can include evidence of published works, patents, invitations to speak or participate in panel discussions, leadership in relevant organizations, among others.

Sustained and renowned recognition

In addition to past achievements, the applicant must prove that their extraordinary ability continues to be recognized and renowned in the present. This can be done by providing letters from recognized experts in the field, recent publications, participation in important events, among others.

In addition to these criteria, it is important to note that the EB-1 visa requires the applicant to have the intention to continue working in their area of expertise in the United States. It is also necessary for the applicant to have a job offer in the US or demonstrate plans to work independently in the field.

The process of applying for the EB-1 visa involves submitting a petition to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), along with documentation proving the extraordinary abilities and the aforementioned requirements. The process can be complex, and it is highly recommended to seek the assistance of an experienced immigration lawyer to ensure that all requirements are adequately met.