EB-1 Visas: An Overview

The series of EB-1 visas are Employment-Based First Preference permanent residency U.S. visas, also known as green cards, allow the holder to reside in the United States permanently. There are three EB-1 visa types for individuals with a high level of achievement in one of three broad areas.

  • EB-1A visa: Extraordinary Ability green card.
  • EB-1B visa: Outstanding Professor or Researcher green card.
  • EB-1C visa: Managers or Executives of multinational companies.

All the EB-1 visas are highly desirable and require a strong case to pass the rigors of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

EB-1A Green Card: Extraordinary Ability Visa

The EB-1A is an option for foreign nationals who can demonstrate extraordinary ability in their field of science, arts, education, business, or sports. Evidence of extraordinary ability is typically proof of "sustained national or international acclaim."

EB-1B Green Card: Outstanding Professor or Researcher Visa

Professors or researchers have to show proof of international recognition for outstanding performance in their academic field, have a minimum of three years of experience in teaching or research in that same area, and apply for an academic position.

EB-1C Green Card: Multinational Executive or Manager Visa

The EB-1C is for managers or executives of multinational companies. It can often grant immediate permanent residency to the applicant's spouse and any unmarried minor children.

OnlineVisas CEO and Lead Immigration Attorney Jon Velie explains the five critical components of the EB-1 green card and O-1 visas (temporary visa equivalent of the EB-1). 

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