EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Green Card

No labor certification or job offer is required for an Extraordinary Ability Green Card. Applicants must qualify on the basis of their abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics, and must intend to continue working in their field. “Extraordinary Ability” is defined as having reached the top of one’s field of endeavor.

Evidence must be presented of either:

(a) “sustained or international acclaim,” and that the applicant’s achievements have been recognized in his or her field of expertise (e.g. major international award); or

(b) that three of the following apply in the applicant’s case:

  1. Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized awards.
  2. Membership in association in the field for which classification is sought, which requires outstanding achievement of their members, as judged by recognized national or international experts.
  3. Published material about applicant in professional or major trade publications or other major media.
  4. Participation as a judge of the work of others.
  5. Evidence of original scientific, scholastic, artistic, athletic or business-related contributions of major significance.
  6. Authorship of scholarly articles in the field.
  7. Artistic exhibitions.
  8. Performance in a leading or cultural role for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation.
  9. High salary or remuneration in relation to others in the field.
  10. Commercial success in the performing arts.

(c) comparable evidence.

The charts below shows Extraordinary Ability and National Interest Green Card approvals from January 2018 to March 2019.


CountryType of artistDate FiledDate Case ApprovedRFE?PP?
GermanyData Scientist and ResearcherMay 16, 2018January 24, 2019NoNo
South KoreaArchitectAugust 7, 2018February 20, 2019NoNo
JapanLighting DesignerOctober 2, 2018March 25, 2019NoNo
AustraliaMultidisciplinary ArtistMay 8, 2018February 4, 2019NoNo


CountryType of artistDate FiledDate Case ApprovedRFE?PP?
IrelandArts ConsultantDecember 14, 2017December 27, 2017No Yes
Japan Jewelry DesignerMarch 20, 2018March 27, 2018No Yes
Australia Graphic Designer May 8, 2017April 5, 2018Yes No
Japan Lighting Designer October 20, 2018April 30, 2018No No
Japan Production ManagerDecember 25, 2017May 21, 2018No No
Japan Musician January 8, 2018June 6, 2018No No
Japan Digital Composer March 20, 2018August 29, 2018No No
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