EB-1: First Preference

For individuals who have an extraordinary ability (EB-1A), are outstanding professors and researchers (EB-1B), and multinational executive or managers (EB-1C).

EB-1A Extraordinary Ability: Need at least 3 out of the 10 listed criteria below to prove extraordinary ability in the fields of sciences, arts, education, business or athletics:

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

EB-1B Outstanding Professors and Researchers: Need at least 2 listed below to demonstrate the international recognition for the outstanding achievement in the academic field:

  • Received major prizes or awards for outstanding achievement
  • Has membership in associations that require their members to demonstrate outstanding achievement
  • Published material in professional publications written by others about the alien’s work in the academic field
  • The petitioner’s participation, either on a panel or individually, as a judge of the work of others in the same or allied academic field
  • Proof 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

EB-1C Multinational Manager or Executive: Need to demonstrate that the petitioner has been working for the U.S. employer for at least 1 year that as an affiliate, a subsidiary or as the same corporation or other legal entity that employed him/her abroad.

Application Process

EB-1A: Petitioner file Form I-140 for himself/herself

EB-1B and EB-1C: The U.S. employer file Form I-140 for the foreign workers


For more information about Employment-Based Immigrant visa, you may check U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ web page:

EB-1:  http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-first-preference-eb-1