What's EB1


  • EB-1 refers to the employment based first preference immigrant visa category. Employment based immigration does not necessarily mean employer sponsored; rather, it means that the basis for immigration is the individual's intention to continue to be employed in his or her field. Employment based immigration includes self-petition options for aliens of extraordinary ability (EB-1) and for advanced degree professionals whose immigration is in the national interest (EB-2) (the national interest waiver (NIW)).

Categories of EB1


Within the EB-1 category, there are three different subcategories of priority workers that will qualify.

  • Extraordinary Ability (EA): An evident of superior abilities in the field of science, art, education, business, or athletics. Must be able to provide relevant proof of recognition. Individuals may petition for themselves by filing Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker. The EA category does not require a PERM Labor Certification or a job offer from a U.S. employer which is why it’s one of the fastest methods out there.

  • Outstanding Professor and Researcher (OPR): Intended for highly-acknowledged scholars or scientists. Must be filed by an employer Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker. While the OPR category does not require a PERM Labor Certification it does require a permanent job offer from a U.S. employer, unlike the self-petitioned EB-1A cases.

  • Multinational Executives and Managers (MEM): Executives or managers of multinational companies who are starting a new office/business in the United States. The other option is being an executive or manager who is being transferred to the United States by a reputable international company. Must be filed by an employer Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker. It’s important to note that the manager or executive must have been employed outside the United States with the related foreign company for 1 year in the preceding 3 years. The employment must have been in a managerial or executive capacity.

How Our EB-1 Green Card Lawyers Can Help


  • Our EB-1 green card lawyers are knowledgeable in determining which category you best qualify based on your previous accomplishments and experience.

  • Our EB-1 green card lawyers will advise you on and thoroughly examine the supplementary documentation required for your application to give you the best chance at acquiring the EB-1 green card.

  • If you are still unsure about whether you would like to obtain an EB-1, L-1A, or NIW our immigration lawyers are capable of assisting you in your decision.

  • If the EB-1 green card holder would like to bring his/her spouse and children to the United States, we are experienced in the process to obtain status for them as well.



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