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EB1 Green Card – National Awards

Welcome to our EB1 Green Card Video Presentation Series

In this presentation we’re going to focus in the EB1 green card category National Award Winner.

The actual official wording of the category is: –

(i) Documentation of the alien’s receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in the field of endeavor;

The reference to the “lesser” nationally or internationally recognized award is really to make the distinction between what might be called a Major Internationally recognized award as opposed to a one that might not quite reach that level of prestige. One can never be absolutely sure, except where one has one something like an Oscar or Nobel Prize, whether an award is “Major” or “Lesser” in every instance; therefore, it’s a good strategy to work towards building three categories anyway. We’ve certainly had cases where we felt the award was a major award where US Immigration determined that it was, in their opinion a lesser award, but because we have submitted solid evidence on three categories the case was nevertheless approved.

Some of our clients have told us stories where they had been to other lawyers to discuss their potential candidacy for an EB1 green card only to be told they had no chance, but then subsequently worked with us and were successful. So what’s our secret: winning EB1 cases is all about hard work and confidence. We’ll work our clients to the bone because winning an EB1 green card is the ultimate prize in immigration. US Immigration does not hand EB1 green cards willingly, so we have to put the work in.

Many of our clients have won some kind of award over the course of their career. If we can do a detailed work up as to how prestigious this award is and show how widely the award is regarded, it just might be that US Immigration accept this accomplishment as either a major award or lesser award; either way we get this category satisfied.

Many industries have annual national award ceremonies. We’re not talking about a company’s own internal staff award or a single university’s ‘best dissertation award’. We’re talking about an award where others may compete nationally or internationally to win. It is sometimes the case that an award might at first glance seem to be a national award, but may raise to the level of having international recognition and, if so, this could significantly bolster the case.

In order for us to consider your award, you’ll need to find out as much as you can about the award (internet information will do, initially), and send us an outline about the award so that we can make a quick EB1 green card assessment.

For EB1 green card consideration, the award can be for anything within your profession as long as we can legitimately present it to US Immigration as being nationally recognized. So whether it is a Gold Medal in sports, media or medicine makes no difference. If you’ve won it, then US Immigration cannot argue that you did not deserve it. Indeed that’s the whole point of having this category; it takes out all the guesswork of an immigration officer trying to determine the extent of the alien’s abilities. In other words if a distinguished organization has chosen you as being the best, then that’s good enough for US Immigration.

In many competitions, multiple awards are given out, such as first, second and third prize, in our opinion only winning the first prize would definitely put you in EB1 green card contention.

Many award ceremonies have various category of awards – as long as you win your category this should be fine, even winning in an age category, within reason such as an under 21 or best under 30 can also satisfy this category. We have represented several clients who had won age-based categories awarded EB1 green card status.

Being nominated for a prize is certainly interesting, but it’s not the same as walking away with an actual prize even if it is a runner-up prize; this having been said, being nominated for a major internationally recognized award may have generated you a lot of press publicity and press publicity is one of the ten EB1 green card categories you could satisfy just from the publicity garnered from your nomination. A nomination is also very useful objective evidence of you being at the very top of your profession.

Putting an EB1 green card case together is sometimes like digging for buried treasure. If you have had a long illustrious career it’s amazing how many things you may have done in your career that have been forgotten. Take some time and really examine your history to see if at any time you have been recognized on a national or international level.

We hope you enjoyed this in depth presentation on the (i) National Award category. In the next presentation we’ll examine the (ii) Invited Membership category.

Checkout these EB1 green card categories below. If you can satisfy three categories, then you may just qualify for your green card. Good luck.

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Chris M. Ingram LL.M., ESQ – Immigration Attorney
Admitted in New York.
Practice Specializing in US Immigration Law
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Santa Monica,
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