This program is for Foreign Nationals that have shown extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, education, business, or athletics and have sustained national and/or international praise in their field. To illustrate these achievements and recognition, the EB-1 applicant must provide extensive documentation to prove their extraordinary talent through the following:
a) Documentation of a very important one time achievement, such as a Pulitzer, Oscar, or Olympic Medal, OR
b) You must meet at least 3 of 10 of the criterion below:
An influential court ruling known as “Kazarian” has affected USCIS decision for EB-1a cases. Put simply: even if the 3 of the criterion above are met, the USCIS Officer reviewing the petition can still deny the case if they feel that the applicant has not reached the level of extraordinary talent necessary for an EB-1 visa based on the totality of their career.
Also note, aside from the requirements for this petition, an applicant must be sure that they are not subject to other admissibility issues before submitting an EB-1a petition.
Finally, USCIS permits Premium Processing for EB-1a petitions.
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( I-140 Petition only, does not include )
( Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing )
Filing Fee for Form I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker: $700
Filing Fee for Form I-907 Premium Processing (Optional): $1,225
Legal Fees: Please contact the JQK Law Firm for a consultation and subsequent estimate.
*(Subject to change)
**(Please check the USCIS website for the most recent filing fee rates)
Regulations: INA § 203(b)(1), 204(a)(1)(E); 8 U.S.C. § 1153(b)(1), 1154; 8 C.F.R. § 204.5(h); A.F.M 22.2
Important: None of the information provided here is legal advice. Please consult a Bar Registered attorney for a consultation for proper legal analysis.