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Optimizing the Chances of Approval in EB-1A Cases: The Significance of Putting in Multiple Criteria Applications


The Extraordinary Ability visa, also known as the EB-1A visa, is one of the most sought-after immigration routes to the United States. It is intended for people with exceptional talent in their specialty, which may include the arts, sciences, business, education, or sports. Because the EB-1A does not require a job offer from a U.S. firm, unlike other employment-based visas, it is a popular choice for self-petitioners who want to live and work in the country. However, the application procedure is difficult due to the strict standards and high quality of proof. To increase the chances of an EB-1A petition being approved, one of the best tactics is to apply for as many of the qualifying requirements as you can. This essay explores the significance of this strategy and offers advice on how to successfully satisfy these requirements.

Knowing the EB-1A Requirements

An applicant must have outstanding competence in their field by consistent national or international recognition in order to be eligible for an EB-1A visa. Ten particular requirements are listed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for this type of visa. The following requirements must be met, at least three of which the applicant must demonstrate:

  1. Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence.
  2. Membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members.
  3. Published material about the applicant in professional or major trade publications or other major media.
  4. Participation as a judge of the work of others in the same or an allied field.
  5. Original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance.
  6. Authorship of scholarly articles in professional journals or other major media.
  7. Display of the applicant’s work at artistic exhibitions or showcases.
  8. Leading or critical role in distinguished organizations.
  9. High salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field.
  10. Commercial successes in the performing arts.

The Value of Submitting Applications for Several Criteria

  1. Enhancing the Application as a Whole

Applying for as many requirements as they can help candidates build a strong, thorough application that showcases their exceptional talent in a variety of ways. Every criterion represents a distinct aspect of the applicant’s accomplishments and input. Fulfilling several requirements not only offers a comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s excellence but also reduces the possibility that any one piece of evidence will be ruled insufficient.

  1. Raising the Chance of Approval

Applications for the EB-1A visa are subject to a strict standard of proof, and USCIS adjudicators rigorously examine them. Applicants enhance their chances of meeting the necessary three requirements by providing evidence for several criteria. This methodology serves as a safeguard against any standards that could be perceived as feeble or non-persuasive. The applicant still has other factors to depend on if the evidence for one criterion is found to be insufficient.

  1. Exhibiting Flexibility and Range of Achievements

Fulfilling several requirements demonstrates the applicant’s adaptability and range of achievements. It emphasizes that the applicant’s exceptional talent is visible in many facets of their professional life rather than being confined to a single accomplishment. This might be especially effective in demonstrating the applicant’s general notoriety and ongoing recognition in their industry.

  1. Making Up for Any Potential Shortcomings

Every candidate has a unique profile, and there might be some gaps in the strength of the evidence. Those who apply for more than one criterion may make up for any shortcomings in their submission. Strong evidence in other areas, such as original contributions or evaluating the work of others, can help balance the application, for example, if the applicant’s published material is restricted.

  1. Crafting an Enthralling Story

An EB-1A petition must tell a captivating tale of outstanding ability in addition to satisfying the technical requirements. By applying for more than one criterion, candidates can create a story that highlights their experiences, successes, and influence. Adjudicators are more likely to connect with and remember a story that is well-rounded.

Techniques for Fulfilling Several Requirements

  1. Careful Record-keeping and Gathering of Evidence

In order to apply for more than one criterion, candidates need to gather proof and carefully record their accomplishments. This entails getting media attention, obtaining official records of memberships and roles in organizations, obtaining letters of recommendation from authorities in the subject, and assembling copies of prizes and certificates. Having thorough and organized material is essential to presenting a compelling argument.

  1. Awards and Recognition for Professionals

Candidates ought to concentrate on winning honors and recognition that are acknowledged both domestically and globally. If less well-known prizes are properly documented and placed in their proper context within the profession, they might still have value. Meeting the requirements for prizes or medals for excellence can be facilitated by making sure the rewards are presented in an engaging and straightforward way.

  1. Intense Engagement in Industry Associations

Meeting the prerequisites for remarkable achievement can be facilitated by becoming a member of and actively engaging in professional associations with strict membership requirements. Candidates ought to look for memberships in organizations that are respectable and well-known in their industry. They can make a stronger argument by taking up leadership positions or making major contributions to these associations.

  1. Publication and Media Presence

Getting media attention and publishing academic papers in respectable publications are essential for fulfilling the requirements for authorship and published work. Applicants ought to pursue opportunities for media attention in prominent publications and publish their work in reputable professional journals. This contributes to their credibility and notoriety.

  1. Assessing and Appraising Other People’s Work

A candidate’s knowledge and standing in their industry are demonstrated by their participation as a judge or assessor of other people’s work. Candidates ought to look for chances to take part in selection committees, peer review procedures, and judging panels. This requirement can be met in part by recording these roles and the importance of the processes or events.

  1. Innovative and Original Contributions

Providing proof of significant original contributions is one of the strongest arguments. Candidates ought to emphasize the inventions, discoveries, artistic creations, or commercial plans that they feel have had a major influence on their industry. Expert testimonies, impact measures, and thorough explanations can all be used to support these assertions.

  1. Displays and Presentations

It is essential for artists to present their work in renowned exhibitions or showcases. Candidates should provide documentation of their attendance at important events and any awards they have received. Reviews, event schedules, and photos can all be used as proof.

  1. Positions of Leadership and High Salary

Possessing pivotal or leadership positions at eminent institutions showcases the applicant’s influence and leadership abilities. Pay that is high compared to others in the field is also a reliable indicator of exceptional competence. To satisfy these requirements, applicants must submit documentation of their duties, responsibilities, and comparable pay information.

  1. Business Achievement

It is crucial for artists in the performing arts to show their commercial success by sales, box office receipts, or other financial indicators. Candidates must submit thorough documentation and proof of their business success.

In summary

For those with exceptional ability, the EB-1A visa offers a major opportunity to live and work in the United States. To reach the high degree of proof, the application process is rigorous and demands a lot of evidence. Applicants can fortify their application overall, raise their chances of being accepted, and create a powerful story of their exceptional talent by submitting for as many of the qualifying criteria as they can. A successful EB-1A petition requires careful documentation, strategic preparation, and an emphasis on adaptability and variety of accomplishments. Through meticulous planning and a thorough strategy, candidates can increase their chances of approval and accomplish their objective of being granted an EB-1A visa.

By : Karim Jivani

Karim Jivani is an Associate Attorney at Reddy Neumann Brown PC who focuses on employment-based non-immigrant visas. Karim’s practice covers all phases of the EB-1A and EB-2 NIW visa process including filing petitions, responding to Requests for Evidence (RFE), and drafting motions and appeals. Karim has also worked on all aspects of H-1B, L-1, I-140, and VAWA petitions.