The Road from O-1 to EB-1: Are you on the Right Track?


If you are already in O-1 status and are reaching new milestones in your career, you may well be poised for the EB-1 work based immigrant status - the only road to a work-based green card that allows a self petition and spares the petitioner / applicant from obtaining the often times onerous labor certification.

The EB-1(a) green card is reserved for those aliens who can clearly demonstrate that they are at the very pinnacle of their profession and have established themselves as being “an alien of extraordinary ability or achievement in the arts, sciences, education, business or sports.” Although at first the standard seems unattainable, a closer look reveals flexibility that rightfully allows highly accomplished individuals who may not boast a Grammy or Nobel Prize to attain EB-1(a) status.

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