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The EB-1A: green card for people with extraordinary abilities

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Law Offices of Ernest Goodman > The EB-1A: green card for people with extraordinary abilities

The EB-1A Green Card is an employment-based, first preference visa category specifically designed for individuals of extraordinary ability in fields such as art, education, science, or athletics. To be eligible for this visa, applicants must demonstrate extraordinary ability by meeting at least 3 out of 10 specific criteria or by providing evidence of a one-time achievement, like a Pulitzer, Oscar, or Olympic Medal. Additionally, they must show evidence of their intent to continue working in their area of expertise​.

How to Apply?

For the EB-1A Green Card, applicants can self-petition by filing Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker, without needing a U.S. employer’s sponsorship. The application process includes submitting extensive documentation to support claims of extraordinary ability, and upon approval of Form I-140, the applicant can then file Form I-485 to adjust their status. In some cases, Forms I-140 and I-485 can be filed concurrently, which may lead to faster processing times​​​​​​​​​​​​.

Do You Qualify?

To be eligible for the EB-1A Green Card, you must demonstrate extraordinary ability. This can be achieved by meeting at least three of the ten criteria set by U.S. immigration authorities, or by providing evidence of a singular, significant achievement (like an Olympic Medal or an Academy Award). Importantly, you should also show that you will continue to work in your area of expertise.

We offer a free evaluation of your case. Please schedule appointment with us.

Our Services

At Ernest Goodman Law Firm, we offer:

  • Comprehensive Evaluation: Our experts assess your qualifications against the EB-1A criteria to provide you with a clear understanding of your eligibility.
  • Documentation Assistance: We help you gather and compile all necessary documentation that showcases your extraordinary abilities and achievements.
  • Filing and Representation: Our attorneys guide you in filing Form I-140, and if applicable, Form I-485 for adjusting your status, ensuring that every detail is meticulously addressed.
  • Personalized Strategy: We understand that every individual’s journey is unique. Our approach is tailored to your specific background and professional trajectory.

Unlocking Opportunities in the United States

We assist remarkable individuals in securing the EB-1A Green Card, a pathway designed for those who demonstrate extraordinary abilities in their fields. Our dedicated team of immigration attorneys is committed to guiding you through every step of this complex process.

Evidentiary Criteria for EB1A Visa


As stated above, if you do not have a major national or international award or recognition, you must satisfy at least 3 of the following requirements:


(1) Receipt of  lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in your field of endeavor

(2) Membership in associations in your field of endeavor, which require outstanding achievements of their members, as judged by recognized national or international experts in their disciplines or fields

(3) Published material about you, in professional or major trade publications or other major media, relating to your work in your field of endeavor

(4) Participation, either as an individual or as part of a panel, as a judge of the work of others in the same or an allied field of specialization for which classification is sought

(5) Original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance in your field of endeavor

(6) Authorship of scholarly articles in your field, in professional or major trade publications or other major media

(7) The display of your work in your field at artistic exhibitions or showcases

(8) You have performed in a leading or critical role for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation

(9) You have commanded a high salary or other significantly high remuneration for services, in relation to others in your field

(10) You have achieved commercial successes in the performing arts, as shown by box office receipts or record, cassette, compact disk, or video sales.

Get in Touch with an Immigration Attorney

No matter what type of work you do or intend to perform in the United States, you will need the right type of visa to legally enter the U.S. for your new job. However, the specific procedures you will need to go through to get your visa may vary significantly depending on your unique circumstances. Due to the limited number of visas available each year, even one mistake could have major implications for your career.

U.S. immigration law provides aliens with a variety of ways to become lawful permanent residents (get a Green Card) through employment in the United States.

We provide services from the beginning of the process to the final point. We can establish a business entity, negotiate agreements, draft contracts, and handle the entire immigration process for the investor and his/her family.

We welcome you to our office at +1818-858-0406 or complete our convenient online form, and our team will be happy to guide you towards a successful, stress-free resolution.