Requirements for Alien with Extraordinary Ability

The petitioner must present information that will prove her claims. Items that carry substantial weight with the USCIS include the following:

  • Peer-reviewed presentations at symposia.
  • Peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals.
  • Entries in a citation index that cite alien's work as authoritative.
  • Any documentation of participation as a reviewer for peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
  • Testimonials from scholars describing the alien's work as authoritative.

Recommendation Letters included in the petition and written by either field experts or the petitioning alien should include the following:

  • The writer’s qualifications to issue his/her opinion.
  • The alien's background and achievements, as well as commentaries on how the alien's achievements are original contributions of major significance.
  • Commentaries on the significance of the alien's publications, awards, and memberships in professional associations, if any.
  • Evidence that the alien possesses unique knowledge, abilities, or experience that sets her apart from her professional peers.
  • Evidence that the alien will utilize these unique talents in an activity significantly benefiting the U.S. in the future.

If you feel that you meet the EB-1A requirements and would like to file an employment-based petition for permanent residency, you should consider filing a petition under the "Alien of Extraordinary Ability" category. As with any petition for permanent residency, our attorneys can help you determine what type of petition is most suitable for you.

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