Overview of EB-1A Extraordinary Ability Green Card
EB-1A Extraordinary Ability is a first preference employment based green card. Unlike other employment based green card categories such as EB-1(b) and EB-1(c), EB-1A extraordinary ability does not require a job offer and the applicant can be self-sponsored by demonstrating extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim.
What are the requirements for EB-1A Extraordinary Ability Green Card?
- Extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim.
- Achievements can be recognized through extensive documentation.
How to prove EB-1A “extraordinary ability”?
To demonstrate that you have extraordinary ability in your field, you need to prove that you possess at least three of the following, or provide evidence of a one time achievement Award such as Pulitzer, Oscar, Olympic Medal:
Evidence of receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence.
- Professional Membership
Evidence of your membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members.
- Featured in Publication
Evidence of published material about youin professional or major trade publications or other major media.
- Published Articles
Evidence of your authorship of scholarly articlesin professional or major trade publications or other major media.
Evidence that you have been asked to judge the work of others, either individually or on a panel.
- Significant Contributions
Evidence of your original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field.
- Work exhibitions
Evidence that your work has been displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases.
- Leading Role
Evidence of your performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations.
Assuming you possess at least 3 of the above criteria, USCIS will conduct a “merits hearing” to establish that the above criteria indicate you possess sustained national or international acclaim within your field (ie. you possess extraordinary ability).
Why choose us?
Proving extraordinary ability for an EB-1A Extraordinary Ability green card in your related field requires extensive evidence and documentation and most importantly professional guidance and legal skills from our lawyers. The key to a successful self-sponsored green card such as EB-1(a) requires three crucial factors:
(1) Your credentials;
(2) proof of your credentials;
(3) legal skills to apply the relevant law and past case laws to properly present your petition and maximize your chance of approval.
Customized EB-1A Extraordinary Ability Petition
We do not believe in cookie cutter templates or checklists because each client’s background is unique. We guarantee to provide personalized services to all of our EB-1A extraordinary ability clients by building customized legal strategies. We will begin our EB-1A process by getting to know your background, your achievements, an overview of your field, and then provide suggestions to prove you have extraordinary ability based on your specific background and not a cookie cutter template checklist. We also review our clients background for other alternative permanent residence options such as a national interest waiver. In some cases, an EB-1A extraordinary ability petition can be filed concurrently with an EB-2 NIW green card (national interest waiver) petition.
Only lawyers work on your EB-1A Extraordinary Ability Green Card
Your case will be evaluated, drafted and represented by only lawyers. Our legal team will assist with case assembling and other administrative support to both our clients and lawyers so that our lawyers can focus on doing what they are good at – building the strongest EB-1A Green Card case possible for our clients.
Accessible in the heart of Chicago
While we assist clients throughout the United States and abroad, for in-person meetings we are located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois. We welcome our clients to visit us during our business hours. Convenient public transportation includes:
- CTA Red line: Jackson
- CTA Brown line: Washington
- CTA Blue line: Jackson
- CTA Purple line: Washington
- Metra: Van Buren Street
Accessible throughout our EB-1A representation
- personalized service every step of the way from start to finish.
- Unlimited phone and email communication.
- 24/7 online case management app to track the progress with our work.
Experienced with excellent track record
Our lawyers have over 25 years of collective experience and we focus 100% of our practice on Immigration. Our principal lawyer Gerald Cipolla Esq. (MS Computer Science; MBA; BS Biology) not only is an experienced immigration lawyer but also has a strong knowledge on science and technology. His unique professional and STEM background combined with his MBA and business credentials allow him and our team to effectively represent our highly skilled clients in getting their EB-1(a) petitions.