The EB-1 immigration visa is a unique opportunity for someone with recognized skills and accomplishments to self-sponsor their request to become a United States Permanent Resident. If your achievements speak for themselves, then you could be eligible to sponsor your own green card application based on your extraordinary abilities.

A Self-Sponsored Green Card Option

The EB-1 visa is for people with “extraordinary ability” whose contributions are so clear they don’t require an employer or other U.S. citizen as a sponsor.

Examples of people who might qualify for this path to a green card include renowned researchers, inventors, authors, scholars, doctors, artists, dancers, chefs, elite athletes, executives, or managers in high-value professions. If you are recognized for your accomplishments, this could be for you.

The EB-1 visa application does require a demonstration of national or international recognition. This can include evidence of

  • Nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards
  • Membership in associations that require outstanding achievement
  • Recognition in major publications or media
  • Being a judge for the performance of others in your field
  • Original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business contributions
  • Articles in major publications or media
  • Exhibitions or showcases
  • Leading or having a critical role in a distinguished organization
  • Holding a highly paid role in your field
  • Success as an artist or performer

For outstanding professors or researchers, evidence can include

  • Major prizes or awards for outstanding achievement
  • Membership in associations that require outstanding achievement
  • Original scientific or scholarly research
  • Scholarly books or articles in well known journals in the field
  • Published works by others discussing your contributions to your field
  • Being a judge for the work of others in your own or an allied field

Spouses and children under the age of 21 of EB-1 petitioners may also be eligible to apply for admission to the United States.

Customized Attention, Experienced Representation

As a hub for culinary arts, entertainment, sports, education, research, medicine, and business, Houston attracts people at the top of their fields from around the world. The EB-1 visa is a path to immigration for many of these people.

The Houston-based Trillos Ballerini Law Firm has been handling complex immigration cases like these since it was founded in 2006. We have especially deep experience with applications based on extraordinary ability. Whether your abilities are in sciences, athletics, business, or arts, we are prepared to assist you with your immigration petition.

From the moment you hire us, our team will have your back. That is our motto and we make that commitment to you. Drawing on our experience, we have created a customized toolkit to help streamline a process that sometimes feels cumbersome or overwhelming. You’re making decisions that affect your future. We will help you understand and weigh your options and we will decide as a team the best way forward.

Dedicated staff will assist you at each step in the process, providing you with a personalized experience. You can expect promptness, attention to detail, and open communication.

Contact the Trillos Ballerini Law Firm today to schedule a consultation to discuss your immigration needs.