A person is eligible for an employment-based, first-preference visa if he/she has an extraordinary ability, is an outstanding professor or researcher, or is a multinational executive or manager. Each occupational category has certain requirements that must be met:
|Extraordinary Ability||Able to demonstrate extraordinary ability in science, arts, education, business, or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim. Achievements must be recognized through extensive documentation.No offer of employment is required.||Must meet 3 of 10 criteria listed below, or provide evidence of a one-time achievement (e.g. Nobel prize, Olympic Medal, Pulizer, etc).|
|Outstanding Academicians and Researchers||Able to demonstrate international recognition for outstanding achievements in a particular academic field. Must have at least 3 years of experience in teaching or research in that academic area. Must be entering the US in order to pursue tenure or research position.||Must include documentation of at least two listed below** and an offer of employment from the prospective US employer.|
|Multinational manager or executive||Must have been employed outside the US in the 3 years preceding the petition for at least 1 year by a firm or corporation in an executive or managerial positions and must be seeking entry into the US to continue service to that firm or organization.||Petitioning employer must be a US. Employer and an affiliate, subsidiary, or the same corporation or other legal entity that employed the person abroad.|
* Criteria for Demonstrating Extraordinary Ability
The petitioner must meet 3 out of the 10 listed criteria below to prove extraordinary ability in his/her field:
· Evidence of receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence
· Evidence of membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members
· Evidence of published material in professional or major trade publications or other major media
· Evidence of having been asked to judge the work of others.
· Evidence of original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field
· Evidence of authoring scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media channels.
· Evidence of work displayed at artistic exhibitions, showcases or similar events.
· Evidence of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations
· Evidence of a high salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field
· Evidence of commercial successes in the performing arts
** Examples of Documentary Evidence of Outstanding Professor Or Researcher
· Evidence of receipt of major prizes or awards for outstanding achievement in the field
· Evidence of membership in associations that require demonstration of outstanding achievement.
· Evidence of published material in professional publications written by others about the petitioner’s achievement in the academic field
· Evidence of participation as a judge of the work of others in the same or allied academic field
· Evidence of original scientific or scholarly research contributions in the field.
· Evidence of authorship of scholarly books or articles (in scholarly journals with international circulation) in the field