The Employment-based 1st preference categories we focus on are EB-1A “Extraordinary Ability” petitions and EB-1B “Outstanding Professor or Researcher” petitions. Both are stringent categories – an individual must be at the top of his or her field in order to qualify – but getting an EB-1 petition approved is one of the fastest ways to become green card-eligible. For this reason, both classifications are highly desirable, especially for foreign nationals who would otherwise face significant wait times.

Both categories require filing USCIS Form I-140 and are eligible for premium processing. The criteria are similar. They vary in terms of job offer requirements and fields of endeavor. EB-1A petitions can be filed by anyone in the arts, sciences, or athletics, and do not require a job offer. EB-1B petitions require that the applicant have a permanent teaching position within a higher learning or research institution, with at least three years of prior teaching or research experience.

EB-1A Extraordinary Ability

Also called EB-11. You must be able to demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim. Your achievements must be recognized in your field through extensive documentation. No offer of employment is required.

See our EB-1A FAQ and EB-1B FAQ for more information.