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EB1 Green Card – Published Material About You Requirements

Welcome to our EB1 green card video presentation series.

In this presentation, we’re going to focus on the EB1 green card category of ‘Published Material About You’.

The actual official wording of this category is: –

(iii) Published material about the alien in professional or major trade publications or other major media, relating to the alien’s work in the field for which classification is sought. Such evidence shall include the title, date, and author of the material, and any necessary translation.

You may recall from the EB1 green card introductory presentation where I summarized each of the categories, I re-phrased this category as follows: –

(iii) Published Material About You – Could you provide or develop documentation to show that you have been written about, by name, in any professional or major trade publications or other major media, relating to your work in the field?

EB1 Publication Requirements

EB1 green card applications are often best received when the alien has either been written about in the press or if the alien has written articles that have been published in a prestigious journal. The reason is quite simple – if journalists are writing about you in the press then it must because they feel what you have to say, or what you have done is important enough to write about. The more prestigious the publication, the greater your profile becomes. Indeed, people hire publicists whose sole job is to ensure that they are written about in the popular and trade press.   US Immigration places a great deal of store by the amount of press publicity an alien is able to garner.

Many professional EB1 green card candidates do not court press coverage, so often times this will be a very difficult category to satisfy. However, even if you don’t satisfy it today, what’s to stop you beginning to court some press coverage about your work in whatever media that best fits your field of expertise?

So let’s be clear on what EB1 green card adjudicators are looking for here. If you work in entertainment, then we’re looking for press coverage in any of the main press media that has written a story about you and your performance. For example, an actor in a stage play may get a mention in the arts pages of a national newspaper, or the actor may get a mention by name in a newspaper such as The Stage, Variety, Backstage or any well-known theatrical publication. Musicians may get articles written about them in a national newspaper because of the pop culture or they may get written up in specialist music publications.  Publications that cannot be considered are publications that only serve a small geographic area, unless we can gather a collection of local articles that may occur, e.g., when a band or production is on tour.

In the academic world, researchers and scholars often get their work published, but this is not what we’re considering in this category.

What this category is about is publications about you and your work and what breakthroughs or advances you’ve made. For example, a headline might read something like – “Mike Smith discovers new protocols for testing for HIV which is showing promising results”. The article might then consist of a description about Mike Smith, how he came to develop this new protocol and how the new protocol has performed in clinical trials. These articles are as much about the individual as they are about the work. The fact that such an article has been written about the alien is an indication that the alien is operating at a high level in his field.

Many professionals in finance and advertising have publications that really address their particular audience.

Ok – let’s talk about Print Media vs. Online Media: In this age of ‘New Media’, (as it has become known), EB1 green card examiners are having greater difficulty weighing up how much gravitas should be given to online media. Print media is definitely thought more highly of because of the lengths and significant expense (compared to digital media) the publisher has to go through to produce the magazine or newspaper. Print media can produce statistical information, such as circulation numbers and demographic information that perhaps new media cannot. Also, since people have to buy print media, then the implication is that the publication has to be more discerning and discriminatory to ensure that only the best content is printed.

Where these publications also have a digital online counterpart, then US EB1 green card adjudicators are more than happy to accept the online version.  In contrast, there are millions of websites today vying for attention. Some websites have very little credibility because they are so new, and it is hard to verify the “following” a particular website might have; mere numerical “hits” are not an indicator of quality per se.

Many online media sites allow individuals to upload their own information and these websites lack any kind of independent scrutiny to enable an EB1 green card adjudicator to objectively determine the credibility of the article. So let’s not talk about how many followers you might have on Facebook.

Bearing in mind that an EB1 green card is at stake here, you can’t blame US Immigration in being a tad skeptical. This having been said, there are many online-only publications that have established themselves as well respected sites.

If you’ve been published in print or in online media, then gather up some examples and let us review them. If you’ve not been published and you’re struggling to find three EB1 green card categories that you can satisfy, then start looking into ways where you can get yourself in the media. Why not talk to a Publicist? Maybe you can have a launch party or something, anything to get some buzz going about what you do. Getting yourself published in this way is not hard to do as many publications are yearning to have something new, fresh and exciting to write about.

We hope you have enjoyed this in depth presentation on the (iii) ‘Published Material About You’ category.  In the next presentation, we’ll examine the (iv) ‘Judging’ 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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