The EB1a green card checklist below provides a general idea of what type of evidence is usually needed for an EB1a green card petition. To have a better understanding of this list, please read the EB1a visa overview and then go through EB1a requirements and documents to see the details of what is usually included or not included as evidence.
Please click to download the EB1a green card checklist for persons with extraordinary ability.
The overall emphasis on the documents and requirements/criteria of an EB1a green card petition is that the person’s caliber at a national or international level must be shown. For example, the requirement that the person must have sustained national or international acclaim or the criterion that requires scholarly articles to have been published in journals that have national or international circulation.
The requirements for an EB1a green card petition are extensive and while ticking the boxes of requirements sounds simple enough, figuring out what items should be included and strategizing how the petition is presented is not. It is common practice and strongly encouraged to obtain an attorney for employment-based green card petitions.
Alternatives to the EB1a Green Card Petition
For people who do not qualify for the EB1a green card petition yet, the closest alternative would be filing a National Interest Waiver (NIW) with an EB2 green card petition. The EB2 National Interest Waiver green card petition would require the person to have at least a master’s degree (or its equivalent) or have exceptional ability (lower standard than the extraordinary ability in the EB1a green card petition) in the sciences, arts, or business, and the person would also need to show that their work will be able to benefit the United States significantly.
Other alternatives would be the more commonly used employment-based green card petitions such as the regular EB2 green card petitions (Advanced Degree) and the EB3 green card petitions (Professional, Skilled, Other Workers). These types of employment-based green card petitions usually require a sponsoring U.S. employer and a PERM Labor Certification.
HAVE A EB1a GREEN CARD IMMIGRATION QUESTION? CONTACT US
If you have an EB1a green card (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) immigration question, please fill out our contact us form or send us an email with some basic information about your background and your immigration needs. We will do our best to respond within 48 hours.
How we can help?
Kylie Huang Law’s immigration attorney will help identify whether the EB1a green card is the appropriate immigrant visa category for the client’s professional background. We will work closely with our client to prepare a convincing case for their EB1a green card petition and we will also strategize on how the EB1a green card petition should be presented to achieve the best chances of approval. It is strongly advised and common practice to retain an immigration attorney for an EB1a green card petition due to the complexities in the immigration process and visa requirements.