An employment-based Green Card is a viable pathway for eligible foreign nationals. Immigration Services group workers according to their qualifications and experiences. Workers or their employers may petition in one of five preference categories: EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-4 and EB-5. Some workers may self-petition without a sponsoring employer, while other workers face an intensive labor certification process and longer wait times.

In this video, Attorney La Toya McBean, discusses the first preference category: EB-1 “Priority Workers.”  To petition under EB-1, foreign workers must be persons of Extraordinary Abilities or Outstanding Professors or Researchers or Multinational Managers and Executives. A labor certification process is not required for an EB-1 petition.

EB-1 Extraordinary Abilities

Foreign nationals who are nationally and internationally recognized for their contribution to the sciences, arts, education or athletics may self-petition for a Green Card under EB-1.  Only a small percentage of individuals who have risen to the very top of their fields are eligible. A job offer from a U.S. employer is not required. Examples of the types of achievements that are required under EB-1 Extraordinary Abilities are   Noble or Pulitzer prizes or an Olympic medal.

EB-1 Outstanding Professors and Researchers

Foreign nationals with international recognition for their work in teaching or research may petition under EB-1. They must have at least three years of teaching or research experience.


EB-1 Multinational Executives and Managers

Foreign nationals who are employed in senior positions by a company may petition under EB-1.  The person must have been employed oversees by the company for at least one year, and the company has a subsidiary or affiliate office in the United States. The worker must be a manager or executive with responsibilities of supervising employees or operations, directing policies or serving as a decision-maker in the company.

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The Law Office of LaToya N. McBean is a solo immigration law office in downtown Brooklyn, New York. The office provides legal services to individuals and businesses that are seeking an attorney who is honest, trusted and hardworking. The firm provides family-based and employment-based immigration services. We are equipped to serve clients in all 50 states and outside of the United States.

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    1. Hi Christopher, thank you for reaching out to our office. Yes, we provide counsel on the EB-4 visa process for religious workers. If you’re interested in speaking with us about this process, please give our office a call to schedule a consultation – 1(718) 3010-9732.

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