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Aliens of Extraordinary Ability

Aliens of Extraordinary Ability

Chicago Lawyer Handling EB-1A Visas

EB-1A visas (aliens of extraordinary ability) provide an opportunity for U.S. immigration for foreign nationals who have risen to the top of their field. This visa category allows people with extraordinary ability in business, sciences, athletics or the arts to obtain Permanent Residency in the United States. There is also a temporary version of this visa called the O-1 visa. Attorney Scott M. Beller has over the past 25 years helped many hundreds of businesses, professionals and skilled workers reach their immigration goals. Attorney Scott M. Beller & Associates is located in Chicago, the Law firm represents employees and employers throughout Illinois and the nation.

Advantages of EB-1A Visas

If you meet the qualifications as an alien of extraordinary ability, there are a number of advantages to obtaining an EB-1A visa, including:

  • You can work and live in the United States permanently.
  • Your employer does not need to go through the PERM labor certification process.
  • A permanent job offer is not required.
  • Your petition does not need to be signed by an employer.
  • You can apply for family-based immigration for your spouse and children under age 21, who can accompany you on the same petition.

However, many people who believe they should qualify as aliens of extraordinary ability have their petitions turned down. As your lawyer, I will review your background and credentials and let you know if you meet the qualifications, or whether it makes more sense to pursue another visa category.

What is Extraordinary Ability?

Extraordinary ability means that you have reached a level of expertise indicating that you are one of a small percentage of people who have risen to the very top of your field of endeavor. To qualify, you must submit documentation such as outstanding achievements, published papers, original contributions of major significance in your field, or other types of recognition.