The U.S. government makes several first-preference employment-based immigration visas available to aliens who possess extraordinary abilities in their fields. Neal Richardson Datta, Attorney at Law P.C., an immigration attorney based in New York City, explains that these EB1-A visas are typically offered to musicians and artists, but can also be obtained by those who excel in business, science, athletics, or education.
Unlike many other employment-based visas, foreigners with exceptional abilities don't necessarily need an employer to file on their behalf, but they must enter the United States to progress in their field with opportunities they could not find elsewhere. EB1-A visas also require an applicant to submit a substantial amount of evidence that demonstrates both their extraordinary ability and their motivation for entering the United States.
In general, the government will require that you or your immigration attorney submit proof that you are among the most accomplished members in your field, and that you have achieved an international reputation for excellence.
Often, this can be accomplished with:
- Published material about the applicant and their work, such as magazine and newspaper articles.
- Significant exhibitions of work or original scholarly or artistic contributions.
- Membership in an organization devoted to excellence in the field.
- Receipt of honors and internationally recognized prices and awards.
- Significant commercial success
A single piece of evidence is usually insufficient for obtaining an EB1-A visa, and the evidence required depends a great deal on the field in which you work. A skilled immigration attorney will be able to assemble and submit an evidence packet with the highest likelihood of success.
Neal Richardson Datta, Attorney at Law is an immigration attorney focused on helping exceptional artists enter the United States. Call his office today at (212) 358-9690 to schedule a consultation, or visit the firm’s website to learn more about his success rate.