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EB-1(A) Green Card Attorney

The EB-1(A) green card is an option for immigrants with extraordinary abilities. This green card status is reserved for the top percentage of high-performing individuals in certain fields, professions, and endeavors.

To be eligible to apply for an EB-1(A) Green Card, you must be a distinguished, widely-recognized leader and top performer in one of the fields below:

  • Education
  • Athletics
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Sciences

If you meet the below criteria in the listed fields, our skilled EB-1(A) Green Card Attorneys at The Alagiri Immigration Law Firm can help assess your case and assist you in applying for your EB-1(A) Green Card.

Requirements: Are You Eligible for an EB-1A Green Card?

The EB-I(A) green card is an option for immigrants with extraordinary abilities. Only a “small percentage of individuals who have risen to the very top of their field of endeavor” are eligible for this employment-based green card.

If you want to apply for an EB-I(A) Green Card you will also have to

  • Provide evidence of your extraordinary abilities in your field or profession in education, athletics, the arts, business, or sciences.
  • Provide supporting documentation to illustrate you have achieved national or international recognition or acclaim in your field.
  • Show that you intend to continue to work in the field of your expertise, for which you are recognized.

If you are looking for an EB-!(A) Green Card attorney, The Alagiri Immigration Law Firm can help. We're a full-service law firm specializing in immigration law, and serving our clients across all 50 states.

How Does the Immigration Service Determine “Extraordinary Ability” in Your Field?

There are other criteria for EB-I eligibility, the most important one is that your work should be of an extraordinary level (or degree) in order to qualify, and that you can demonstrate your excellence, recognition, or proficiency in your field.

The first thing you need to do when applying for an EB-I green card provides evidence of how respected and recognized you are within your field.

Primary Advantages of Applying for an EB-1A Green Card

With the EB-I(A) Green Card, you could be eligible for a much faster visa issuance process. The process allows applicants to apply for work and travel authorization in advance of their pending green card application approval.

There are many other advantages to applying under this category. Contact us at The Alagiri Immigration law firm today if you would like assistance and legal counsel on which immigration route might be right for your situation. We can assist in filing all types of employment based visas and green cards.

Application Process: What Documents do you need for an EB-1A Green Card?

There are several pieces of documentation that you will need when putting together your EB-1A green card application.

1. Evidence of Acclaim: National or International

You are able to show that you have obtained national or international acclaim and can prove it with the proper documentation. Examples would include an Academy Award or Nobel Peace Prize.

If you do not have an internationally recognized award, you must provide evidence in at least three of these categories:

  • You have received other awards indicating national or international recognition in your field.
  • You have achieved membership to a distinguished organization or association in your field.
  • You have assessed or critiqued the work of others in your field.
  • You have contributed significant, original work to your field in the form of scientific articles, scholarly works, or original art.
  • You have had your work published by or in major trade publications or in media announcements.
  • Your works have been on display in art shows or exhibitions.
  • You can show that you have achieved media success in the performing arts, via box office success, entertainment sales, etc.
  • Leading role in distinguished organizations.
  • Can show that you have a sizable salary, compared to other experts in your field.

Many of these requirements are similar to that of an O-1 visa. Continue reading here to learn more about O-1 visas and O-1 visa requirements.

2. Filling out a USCIS I-140 Petition Form

Many types of employment-based green cards require you to have an employer in the US that will sponsor you. The company or organization that is hiring you will have to go through extensive recruitment processes in order to get a PERM Labor Certification for every position they want you to work in. This part of the process can substantially increase the processing time of other categories of green cards.

Two of the primary benefits of an EB-1A green card is that it does not require a job offer from a US employer or a PERM Labor Certification.

As an applicant, you are able to file your USCIS form I-140 with a “self-petition” status. This is one of the most expedient methods you can use to get your green card.

3. Filling out a USCIS I-485 Application

When your I-140 petition form is approved and your priority day is current, the next step in the process is to submit your I-485 Application to register as a permanent resident or to adjust your status. You will need to file this application to be able to change your status to a green card holder and when USCIS approves the I-145 application, this will certify you as a permanent, legal resident of the U.S.

What is the Processing Time for EB-1A Green Card?

What is the timeframe to process an EB-A green card?

The average processing time for the first step of the process, Form I-140, is around 6-8 months, but the timeline can be shorter or faster depending on the caseload of the service that is processing your petition.

If 6 months is too long of a timeframe, you can pay an extra fee for premium processing to get your I-140 form processed faster. This shortens the processing period to 15 calendar days, and if USCIS does not complete the processing within that time period, they will refund your premium processing fee.

Filing Fees and Costs for EB-1A Green Cards

Visit the USCIS website for more information about filing fees, and feel free to look at their fee calculator tool to approximate the filing fees and processing costs for your EB-1A green card.

For applicants inside the US, the fee structuring is currently as follows:

  • Filing fee for I-140: $700.
  • Filing fee for I-1485: $1225.
  • Optional- Premium processing fee: $2500.

Will My Children or Spouse Also Receive a Green Card?

If you are an EB-A green card applicant, your spouse and children will also be able to apply for the same status. In order for them to qualify, they must show evidence of their relationship to you.

It is important to note, though, that even if you get a green card through this category, they may not automatically receive one as well. You need to file separate forms and petitions on their behalf so it’s best to consult with an EB-1A immigration attorney now before any decisions have been made about sponsorship of anyone else in your family.

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