The EB1 (1) green card category is available to aliens who qualify under three separate bases:
1. Extraordinary Ability. Aliens who demonstrate extraordinary ability in the arts, athletics, business, education and science. “Extraordinary Ability” is defined as someone who has a level of expertise indicating that he/she is one of that small percentage of individuals who have risen to the very top of their field of endeavor.
Aliens who file under the Extraordinary Ability catgegory may self-petition, as this category does not require employer sponsorship. The petition must be accompanied by evidence that the alien has sustained national or international acclaim and that their achievements have been recognized in the field of expertise by demonstrating that they meet at least three specific categories of evidence, as set forth in the Federal Regulations, which describe the type of documentation required.
The petition must be accompanied by clear evidence that the alien is coming to the US to continue to work in the area of expertise.
2. Outstanding Professors/Researchers. These are tenured or tenure-track professors and research scientists with at least three years of experience in their field, who demonstrate outstanding ability by meeting two categories of evidence.
3. Multinational Executives.To qualify in this category, the alien must have worked abroad as a manager or director for at least 1 year for a company which has a U.S. parent company, branch or subsidiary. The alien must be sponsored by the U.S. company, and intend to live in the U.S. and work for the U.S. company on a permanent basis.