EB1 Green Card

EB1 Green Card in Edmonton, AB

Obtaining an EB1 Green Card, often dubbed the "Einstein Visa," is a prestigious and challenging journey. It recognizes extraordinary achievement and expertise in your field, granting you the privilege to live and work in the United States. If you're in Edmonton, AB, aspiring to embark on this remarkable path, you don't have to navigate it alone. Pilkington Immigration, with its wealth of experience and a team of seasoned experts, is here to guide and support you through every step of the EB1 Green Card application process. In this guide, we'll explore the invaluable assistance and insights that Pilkington Immigration can provide, making your dream of living and working in the United States a reality.

The EB1 Green Card Process

The EB1 visa is a preference category for United States employment-based permanent residency. It is intended for priority workers, foreign nationals who either have "extraordinary abilities" or are "outstanding professors or researchers," and also includes "some executives and managers of foreign companies who are transferred to the US."

The visa is granted to three types of people:

  • Those with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, which has been demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim and whose achievements have been recognized in the field through extensive documentation.
  • "Outstanding professors and researchers" who "are recognized internationally for their outstanding academic achievements in a particular field." They must also have "at least three years' experience in teaching or research in that academic area, and enter the US in a tenure or tenure track teaching or comparable research position at a university or other institution of higher education," plus other conditions.
  • "Some executives and managers of foreign companies who are transferred to the US" need to have been employed, during the last three years, for at least one year outside of the US in a managerial position in the same company that is going to employ them in the US or a related company. There are also other conditions.

Extraordinary Ability Category

EB1 Extraordinary Ability green card application is in the employment-based immigration visa first preference (EB1) category known as EB1A or EB1EA. Among all three categories under EB-1, only EB-1A allows self-petition— meaning, an individual can petition an EB-1A case for themselves without any US employer to act as the sponsor/petitioner. However, EB-1A also has a very high standard of evidence;

An alien applicant must meet three out of the ten listed EB1 green card requirements listed below to prove extraordinary ability in the 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 about you in professional or major trade publications or other major media
  • Evidence of judging the work of others, either individually or on a panel
  • Evidence of original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field
  • Evidence of authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media
  • Evidence that work has been displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases
  • Evidence of performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations
  • Evidence of high salary or other significantly high remuneration concerning others in the field
  • Evidence of commercial successes in the performing arts

The significant advantages of applying for aliens of extraordinary ability include:

  • No labor certification is required for this EB-1 category
  • No job offer or permanent job position is required for aliens of extraordinary ability
  • It is much faster to obtain a Green Card than the EB-3 or EB-2 immigration categories

Outstanding Professors and Researchers category

The EB1 Outstanding Researcher or Professor immigrant visa classification (EB1B, EB-1B, EB1-OR) is the employment-based first preference immigration. The EB-1B petition consists of Form I-140 and supporting documents to show that the alien beneficiary meets EB1 Outstanding Researcher or Professor criteria. The US employer intending to employ an outstanding professor or researcher in an academic field may file a Form I- 140 petition in such classification. The employer should file it for the alien employee.

For an EB1-OR petition, the petitioner should include documentation demonstrating the alien's outstanding ability, a permanent job offer letter, and evidence of three years of teaching or research experience.

The petitioner must include documentation of at least two of the six criteria listed below and an offer of employment from the US employer:

  • Evidence of receipt of major prizes or awards for outstanding achievement
  • Evidence of membership in associations that require their members to demonstrate outstanding achievement
  • Evidence of published material in professional publications written by others about the alien's work in the academic field
  • Evidence of participation, either on a panel or individually, 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

Multinational Manager or Executive category

When an employer wishes to transfer an alien employee working abroad to a US company as an EB1 Multinational Executive or Manager immigrant, a qualifying relationship must exist between the foreign employer and the US employer. A qualifying relationship exists when the US employer is an affiliate, parent, or subsidiary of the foreign firm, corporation, or legal entity. To establish a qualifying relationship under the regulations (EB1C), the petitioner must show that the foreign and US employers are the same or related as a parent/subsidiary or affiliates.

  • The petitioning employer must be a US employer.
  • The employer must have been doing business for at least one year as an affiliate, a subsidiary, or the same corporation that employed the beneficiary abroad.
  • The beneficiary must be employed in a managerial or executive position
  • Managerial functions can also include managing an essential organization function, and the beneficiary does not necessarily have many direct reports.

A United States employer may file a petition on Form I-140 to classify an alien as a multinational executive or manager. No Labor Certification is required for this classification. The prospective employer in the United States must furnish a job offer in the form of a statement that indicates that the alien is employed in the United States in a managerial or executive capacity. Such a statement must clearly describe the duties performed by the alien.

Contact Pilkington Immigration to learn more about the EB1 or EB2 green card process.


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