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The EB-1(a) Visa Explained, by Respected Immigration Lawyers April 29, 2015

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The EB-1(a) Visa Explained, by Respected Immigration Lawyers, Manhattan, New York

Typically, acquiring an employment visa requires that a prospective immigrant has a U.S.-based employer interested in hiring them who will petition the government on their behalf. In most cases, this is one of the prerequisites of even applying for employment visas, but in a few special cases the Federal government will waive the labor certification part of the process. As New York-based immigration attorneys Berd & Klauss, PLLC explain, the EB-1(a) is reserved for immigrant aliens with special abilities. To quality for this visa, an individual must demonstrate that they have risen to the top of their field. Here are some key pointers to keep in mind: 

  • The EB-1(a) is open to to any immigrant living within or outside the United States who possesses significant achievements in the arts, sciences, business, education, or athletic fields, and whose success can be supported with extensive documentation. 
  • Being the recipient of an internationally recognized award such as the Nobel Prize or Academy award is acceptable, but immigrants applying for this type of visa also qualify if they have won several other kinds of awards, have been the subject of articles in major trade publications, or have made highly significant contributions to their field.
  • In addition to demonstrating a history of success, an applicant must also prove to the government that they will continue to work in their field, and that their presence in the United States serves the best interests of the nation.

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