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Why Is Getting an Employment-Based Green Card Difficult?
U.S. immigration options are limited, complex and confusing, even if you're a genius, CEO or world-class singer. Hiring a savvy, experienced immigration lawyer can significantly improve your chances of obtaining a visa based on your work. Laurie Woog has been recognized for over two decades for her innovative solutions in helping highly skilled immigrants obtain visas.
What is an EB-1 Visa?
There are several "preference categories" within U.S. immigration law. An EB-1 visa, also known as first preference or priority workers, grants employment-based permanent residency to applicants who are outstanding professors or researchers, multinational executives or managers, or who demonstrate extraordinary ability. Applicants for an EB-1 visa must intend to work in their field of expertise in the United States. The Woog Law Office can help you determine if you qualify for one of the EB-1 categories.
The main advantage of EB-1 is that there doesn't need to be an employment opportunity advertised to American workers, and there's no need for an applicant to obtain an approved labor certification. Also, the wait for an EB-1 is typically much shorter than the wait for green cards in other preference categories, which often have lengthy case backlogs.
Types of EB-1 Visas
EB-1: Extraordinary Ability
You may qualify for a green card if you have "extraordinary ability" in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics. To be eligible in this category, you need to submit extensive documentation of your accomplishments, showing "sustained national or international acclaim" and that you're at the very top of your field of expertise. You can "self-petition" for this type of EB-1 without an offer of U.S.-based employment. To qualify for an EB-1 through extraordinary ability, you must have a well-crafted application. The Woog Law Office has the creativity needed to define your area of expertise and assemble the most persuasive arguments and documentation to convince USCIS of the merits of your case.
EB-1: Outstanding Professors and Researchers
To qualify in this category, you should be recognized internationally for your academic achievements, and employed by an institution of higher education, or private company that employs at least three full-time researchers. You must clearly document at least two of the following to qualify as an "outstanding" professor or researcher: major prizes or awards; membership in associations that demand achievement; published articles about your work; service as a judge or jury of others' work; original contributions; or authorship of scholarly articles or books. Laurie Woog has the expertise to help you carefully put together the crucial documentation to demonstrate your qualifications as an outstanding professor or researcher.
EB-1: Multinational Executives or Managers
You may qualify in this category if you are an executive or manager who will be working for a U.S. affiliate, parent company or subsidiary (similar to the requirements of the temporary L-1 category). However, to qualify, you must provide proper documentation that you have worked for the affiliated company abroad in a managerial or executive capacity for at least one year.