If you are a highly skilled or accomplished professional living overseas and are interested in relocating to the United States, you may be eligible for the EB-1A visa classification. This priority worker classification provides a path to permanent residence in the United States.
What is the EB-1A classification?
The EB-1A classification provides a valuable opportunity for those who have already achieved significant success in their careers to continue building on their achievements in the United States. To be approved for this classification, individuals must demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics.
How do I show I am eligible?
There are a number of ways to prove that you meet the requirements for the EB-1A classification. If you have won a major award, like an Oscar or a Grammy, that may suffice. If you have not, you must show that you meet 3 of 10 other possible criteria, all of which center around recognition for your achievements in your field. A skilled immigration lawyer can help you define your field and determine if you meet enough criteria to qualify.
What else should I consider?
In addition to the EB-1A classification, there are several other employment-based immigration options available for skilled professionals. Be sure to discuss all of your options with a seasoned immigration lawyer. They can help you determine which classification you should seek, and may even advise you to apply for more than one.