EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Green Cards

Helping You Obtain EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Green Cards

EB-1 visas may be obtained by people who are recognized as having extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, athletics, education or business, and who are coming to the United States to work in their field of expertise. These so-called “priority workers” receive high priority for U.S. green cards.

An EB-1 visa does not require the applicant to have a job offer from a specific employer. Rather, an EB-1 holder serves as his or her own sponsor and is admitted to the United States on the strength of merit of the visa holder’s extraordinary ability. As a consequence, the process to obtain an EB-1 visa is much faster than other types of employment based green card applications because no labor certification by the U.S. Department of Labor is needed.

An additional advantage of an EB-1 visa is that it actually serves as a green card, meaning the holder is actually a permanent resident of the United States. An EB-1 visa holder must continue to work in his or her field, but he or she does not have to continue working with a certain employer in order to maintain EB-1 status. Also, a reapplication is not necessary if an EB-1 holder changes employers.

Establishing EB-1 Status

The immigration lawyers at C.T. Lee & Associates in New York City help individuals and corporate clients prepare petitions for extraordinary ability green cards. The “priority worker” category for obtaining an EB-1 visa is divided into three subcategories:

  • EB-1A: Workers of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics
  • EB-1B: Outstanding university professors or researchers
  • EB-1C: Executives or managers of multinational companies being transferred to the United States

Our experience in effectively representing individuals for EB-1 and all other types of visas allows us to identify stumbling blocks ahead of time and support valid applications. We will help you collect and present supporting documentation to improve the likelihood that your application will be approved the first time through.

Work With Highly Qualified EB-1 Immigration Attorneys

We welcome the opportunity to review your immigration needs and provide a candid assessment and our recommendation for the next steps to take. Use our contact form to schedule a meeting or call our Manhattan firm at 800-494-3809.