Extraordinary Ability Green Cards: Proof of extraordinary ability

How does someone prove he or she has “extraordinary ability” in a particular field?
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has set out several basic criteria an applicant must fulfill in order to be eligible.

The most often-cited criterion for extraordinary ability qualification is receipt of a major international award.  For example, if you have received  Nobel Prize, you will qualify for an EB-1 classification! But if you have not… don’t panic.   An applicant can supply alternative evidence of EB-1(A) classification.  If you look at the list below and can satisfy at least 3 of the criteria, you may qualify for EB-1, although the evidence itself must be persuasive and strong.  Also, if these criteria do not apply to you, you may submit  “other comparable evidence” of your ability.

  1. Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for  excellence.
  2. Membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of  their members;
  3. Published material about the alien in professional or major trade publications or other major media;
  4. Evidence that the alien has judged the work of others, either individually or on a panel;
  5. Evidence of the alien’s original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field;
  6. Evidence of the alien’s authorship of scholarly articles in professional or  major trade publications or other major media;
  7. Evidence that the alien’s work has been displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases;
  8. Performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations;
  9. Evidence that the alien commands a high salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field;
  10. Evidence of commercial successes in the performing arts.
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