What is an EB1-1 Visa?

The EB1-1 Visa can be used to enter the US on the grounds of extraordinary ability. This means you can show “sustained national or international acclaim” in your particular field (which includes the arts, the sciences, education, athletics or business). It is part of the visa family which grants permanent residency; meaning if you get it, you can stay in the US indefinitely.

To achieve this visa, you must be able to demonstrate your ‘extraordinary ability’. This means you can show you are in the top one per cent in terms of expertise in your field. A Nobel Prize, for example, would qualify as evidence.

Separately, you must also meet at least 3 out of 10 criteria set by the USCIS. Alternatively, if you can provide evidence of a truly outstanding single achievement, that will also be accepted.

The EB1-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa is seen as particularly desirable because the wait for acceptance can be markedly shorter than for other entry routes. Additionally, you do not have to obtain Labor certification: in other words, US businesses are not required to see if the role can be filled domestically first.

EB1-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa Help

The Immigration Advice Service has lawyers in the US who are experienced in professional immigration applications. Your attorney will review your application, go through the interview process with the USCIS, and make sure your visa application has the highest possible chance for success. To make an enquiry call +1844 290 6312 or use the online form today.


What is Extraordinary Ability Visa?

The EB1-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa is used to enter the US on the grounds that you have an outstanding talent. This means you are also to demonstrate some sort of “sustained national or international acclaim” in your particular field (including the arts, sciences, education, business, and athletics).

If you are a professional working in the sports industry, you may also be eligible for a P1 Athlete Visa.

How do I obtain an Extraordinary Ability Visa?

You can be approved for an Extraordinary Ability Visa by demonstrating you have that extraordinary ability. This means you must be outstanding in your particular field. For example, have you won a Nobel Prize? You must also meet three out of ten criteria set by the USCIS. However, if you have one particularly outstanding talent, that may qualify you alone.

What does the EB1-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa entitle you to?

You can carry out your work in the field you are talented in permanently in the US. You will be granted a Green Card which guarantees your stay in the country. Once you become a permanent resident, you can also apply for U.S. Green Card through relatives for your family.

How likely am I to be accepted for an EB1-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa?

An EB1-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa is hard to obtain. Firstly, because you need to demonstrate a very high level of talent to be accepted.

Secondly, because it has huge benefits in comparison to other US visas: the permanent residency (Green Card) aspect and the lack of need for Labor certification.

What is an O-1 Extraordinary Ability Worker Visa?

This is the temporary route version of the Extraordinary Ability Visa. This would allow you to stay for a period of one to three years. The O1 Visa requirements are far less stringent than that of the EB1-1.

How can IAS help me?

The EB1-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa is one of the hardest US visas to obtain. That’s why, here at IAS, we ensure that we are closely scrutinising your application to ensure it receives a successful outcome.

Our specially-trained lawyers will be able to advise you on the visa and how to submit a successful application, including what to do in the interview with the USCIS.

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