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EB-1A is an employment-based immigration visa category for individuals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. It allows foreign nationals to become lawful permanent residents (obtain a green card) in the United States without employer sponsorship.


To qualify for an EB-1A visa, an individual must meet at least three of the following criteria:

  1. Receipt of a major, internationally recognized award, such as the Nobel Prize;
  2. Membership in a professional association that requires outstanding achievements;
  3. Published material about the applicant in professional or major trade publications or other major media;
  4. Participation as a judge of the work of others in the field;
  5. Original contributions of major significance in the field;
  6. Authorship of scholarly articles in professional journals or other major media;
  7. Displayed work at artistic exhibitions or showcases;
  8. Leading or critical role in distinguished organizations;
  9. High salary or remuneration for services in the field;
  10. Commercial success in the performing arts. (Typically, this criterion is used by immigrant singers, performing artists, musicians, and film actors.)

In addition to meeting these criteria, the applicant must also provide evidence that they have sustained national or international acclaim and that their achievements have been recognized in their field. They must also show that their presence in the United States will benefit the country.


Overall, the EB-1A visa category is designed for individuals who have achieved exceptional success in their field, and who can demonstrate that their presence in the United States would be of significant benefit to the country.