In this article we will try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the EB-1 extraordinary ability green card.
Can an EB 1-1 visa holder self-petition? What does self-petition mean?
Yes. An EB 1-1 Visa applicant can self-petition. This means that an applicant does not require an employment offer. Instead, an EB 1-1 applicant must demonstrate a willingness and ability to enter the United States and continue working in his or her field of endeavour.
Is the EB 1-1 visa the same as the EB 1-A visa?
Yes. The extraordinary abilities visa is called either the EB 1-1 visa or the EB 1-A visa. Both names refer to the extraordinary abilities visa. What do they mean? The “EB” stands for “employment-based” as it is a visa based upon a person’s employment. The “1-A” refers to the Immigration & Nationality Act subsection that describes the extraordinary abilities visa – INA § 203(b)(1)(A). So, what does the 1-1 refer to? It doesn’t really refer to anything. Instead, it is just a term that has made it into the immigration law nomenclature. Whether you hear an immigration attorney refer to EB 1-1 or EB 1-A, he will probably be referring to the extraordinary abilities visa.
Does an applicant have to be in the United States to apply for EB 1-1 visa?
No. An EB 1-1 visa applicant does not need to be in the United States to apply. In a majority of cases, EB 1-1 visa applicants are in the United States on another type of immigration status.
What other options might an EB 1-1 visa applicant have?
A person who is eligible for EB 1-1 visa status may be eligible for other immigrant categories that provide sufficient options to the applicant. Outstanding Researchers and Professors can try for the EB 1-2 visa. Additionally, individuals who are doing work that can be viewed as being “in the national interest” may be eligible to obtain a national interest waiver. Other individuals may be able to obtain permanent residency through the EB-2 visa process.
Applicants may also obtain non-immigrant visas while continuing to improve their eligibility for an EB 1-1 immigrant visa. For example, an applicant may be eligible for the O-1 visa or the H-1B visa.
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