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 national 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 or showcases.
  8. Performance in a leading or critical 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 may be provided if the above do not readily apply.

The charts below show Extraordinary Ability and National Interest Green Card approvals from January 2018 to September 2023.


CountryProfessionDate FiledDate ApprovedRFE?PP?
JapanProduction Manager10/25/20211/10/2023YesNo
JapanSocial Media Influencer5/19/20221/12/2023NoYes
HungaryHealth Communication Specialist11/28/20222/2/2023NoNo
KoreaSet Designer5/9/20238/9/2023NoNo
ChinaIndustrial Designer9/22/20239/28/2023NoYes
Hong KongInterior Designer3/11/20229/15/2023NoNo


CountryProfessionDate FiledDate ApprovedRFE?PP?
MoroccoProject Designer9/15/20201/5/2022YesNo
ChinaIndustrial Designer4/28/20214/26/2022NoNo
CanadaArchitectural Researcher12/8/20215/18/2022YesYes
Hong KongInterior Designer3/4/20226/6/2022NoNo
JapanFurniture & Interior Designer8/10/20218/25/2022NoNo
AustraliaHair & Make up Artist4/5/20228/26/2022NoNo
JapanGarden Curator11/16/20209/15/2022NoNo
KoreaSet Designer12/16/20219/30/2022NoNo
KoreaArchitectural Designer7/16/202110/3/2022NoNo
JapanGraphic Designer8/5/202112/8/2022NoNo


CountryProfessionDate FiledDate ApprovedRFE?PP?
JapanLighting Designer10/7/20193/25/2020NoNo
MexicoPerforming Artist2/27/202010/22/2020NoNo
JapanCreative Director9/3/201910/19/2020NoNo
JapanInterior Designer4/7/202012/17/2020nono
JapanMusic Composer3/9/20201/19/2021NoNo
ChinaLandscape Architectural Designer19-Sep11/2/2020NoNo
JapanCurator of Culture, Art & Education6/25/20203/30/2021NoNo
JapanDesigner and Creative Director6/26/20204/5/2021NoNo
ChinaArt Director7/14/20203/17/2021NoNo
LebanonChief Technological Officer12/9/20209/2/2021NoNo
JapanStreet Artist10/29/20209/8/2021NoNo


CountryProfessionDate FiledDate Case ApprovedRFE?PP?
GermanyData Scientist and Researcher5/16/181/24/19NoNo
AustraliaMultidisciplinary artist5/8/182/4/19NoNo
JapanLighting designer10/2/183/25/19NoNo
TaiwanLighting designer11/26/186/3/19NoNo
TaiwanCreative Director8/15/186/25/19YesNo
FranceDesign Director12/12/187/16/19NoNo


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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