EB-1, also known as Employment Based category one is one of many methods to apply for a green card (U.S. permanent residency). EB-1 has three sub-categories:

1. EB-1A Extraordinary Ability
2. EB-1B Outstanding professors and researchers
3. EB-1C Certain Multinational managers or executive

The focus of this article is EB-1A, also nicknamed the “Einstein Visa.” EB-1A is for foreign nationals who are considered to have “extraordinary ability/talent.” This visa is used by professional athletes, actors, singers, musicians, models, chefs, fashion designers, comedians, magicians, graphic artists, and even business professionals. Generally, an applicant for EB-1A must demonstrate that they are at the top of their field. To apply for EB-1A, applicants must satisfy a minimum of 3 out of 10 criteria. The criteria include:

• Evidence of receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence
• Evidence of your membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members
• Evidence of published material about you in professional or major trade publications or other major media
• Evidence that you have been asked to judge the work of others, either individually or on a panel
• Evidence of your original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field
• Evidence of your authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media
• Evidence that your work has been displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases
• Evidence of your performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations
• Evidence that you command a high salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field
• Evidence of your commercial successes in the performing arts

Notable figures who have reportedly obtained EB-1A status include former first lady Melania Trump, NBA star Dirk Nowitzki, and singer/songwriter John Lennon.

**THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE LEGAL ADVICE. EVERY CASE IS DIFFERENT. YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY TO DETERMINE HOW THIS GENERAL INFORMATION IMPACTS YOUR SPECIFIC CASE.