The series of EB1 visas are permanent residency U.S. visas, also known as green cards, which allow the holder to live and work permanently in the United States.
There are three EB1 visas, designed for individuals who have achieved a high level in one of three broad areas.
- EB1-1 (first preference): The employment-based extraordinary ability green card.
- EB1-2 (second preference): An academic green card for researchers or professors who are outstanding in their field.
- EB1-3 (third preference): For managers or executives of multinational companies.
All the EB-1 visas are highly desirable, and are subject to heavy scrutiny by U.S. immigration officials. That’s why we strongly advise you get the help of an immigration attorney who has plenty of experience in security EB-1s.
The EB1-1 is an option for nationals of foreign countries who are able to demonstrate extraordinary ability in their field, which might be science, the arts, education, business, or sport. This is typically done by showing evidence of “sustained national or international acclaim”.
For an academic hoping to win an EB1-2 visa, they must be able to prove that they have received international recognition for outstanding performance in their academic field, have a minimum of three years’ experience in teaching and/or research in that same area, and must be applying for an academic position in the U.S.
The EB1-3 option 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.
You can view EB1 green cards as permanent residency equivalents of the O-1 non-immigrant visa.
Check out this short video from OnlineVisas CEO and Lead Attorney, Jon Velie, who explains the five key things you need to know about both the O-1 and the EB-1 family of green cards in 2020.
You can find out a lot more about your EB-1 visa options from this YouTube playlist.