EB-1 is the first preference category of employment-based Green Card petitions. 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.
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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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