Are you an athlete? Get your Green Card to the U.S. through EB1-Visa

The EB-1 visa is for athletes with an extraordinary ability in their field of endeavor. They may be eligible to gain U.S. permanent residency under the EB1-A category. Individuals qualifying under this visa category need not secure a job position, putting them at advantage over EB-2 (the case is different with regard to EB-2 NIW visa applicants) applicants.

There are many advantages for the EB1 holders, including but not limited to:

  • Individuals can self-petition and a job offer is not required in this visa category.
  • There is no need to go through the lengthy labor certification process.
  • The EB1-A immigrant visa is current which means that it is faster to obtain a U.S. green card in this category as compared to EB-2 and EB-3 categories.
  • Premium processing is available to EB1-A applicants.
  • The foreign applicant’s spouse and unmarried children may also receive a U.S. immigrant visa under the EB1-A category.

Requirements

There are certain requirements that individuals should meet in order to obtain U.S. permanent residency under the EB1 category. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • The foreign national should sustain national or international acclaim for his or her achievements in the field of endeavor, whether it be science, art, education, business, or athletics.
  • The foreign national should intend to continue working in the same field.
  • The foreign national should be able to prove how his/her expertise would benefit the U.S.
In order to demonstrate that a foreign national has received national or international acclaim, he or should have either received a one-time achievement (a major internationally recognized prize such as a Nobel Prize) or satisfy at least three of the following criteria:

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