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Chapter 5 – EB1 Green Card Check List


EB1 Green Card is Reserved for the Very Best in the Game

EB1 Green Card is Reserved for the Very Best in the Game

The EB1 Visa – Green Card

The EB1 is actually a green card. For the EB1 you do not need a sponsor, you can sponsor yourself. Whereas for the O1 visa you will need a sponsor, or agent – with at least one job booked. The EB1 works on the principle of Extraordinary Ability but has it’s own slightly difference checklist. For this check list you need to be able to satisfy unequivocally at least three from the list. Again, ideally we like to only take on clients who can satisfy at least four from this list even if the fourth or fifth are quite a stretch.

The EB1 green card can take up to 12 months to process through USCIS (depending on their work load)  and takes us about 90 days to put together if the client is efficient in getting us the evidence we need. As in O1 visa applications, with the EB1 my essential role will be to guide you through the evidence collection process and help you shape the evidence just right to nail the satisfaction of the specific legal requirements.


EB1 Check List: Evidence of Eligibility: 8 C.F.R. 204.5(h) (3)

Please note that the checklist below is very generic and broad to fit not only athletes but other professions outside this field. the EB1 is almost for anyone who can claim to be amongst the best at what they do.

Initial evidence: – A petition for an alien of extraordinary ability must be accompanied by evidence that the alien has sustained national or international acclaim and that his or her achievements have been recognized in the field of expertise. Such evidence shall include evidence of a one-time achievement (that is, a major, internationally recognized award), or at least three of the following or the worker may submit “other comparable evidence” if the following criteria do not apply:

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

(ii)Documentation of the alien’s membership in associations in the field for which classification is sought, which require outstanding achievements of their members, as judge by recognized national or international experts in their disciplines or fields;

(iii)Published material about the alien in professional or major trade publications or other major media, relating 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;

(iv)Evidence of the alien’s participation, either individually or on a panel, as a judge of work of others in the same or an allied field of specialization for which classification is sought;

(v)Evidence of the alien’s original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance in the field;

(vi)Evidence of the alien’s authorship of scholarly articles in the field, in professional or major trade publications or other major media;

(vii)Evidence of the display of the alien’s work in the field at artistic exhibitions or showcases;

(viii)Evidence that the alien has performed in a leading or critical role for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation;

(ix)Evidence that the alien has commanded a high salary or other significantly high remuneration for services, in relation to others in the field; or

(x) Evidence of commercial successes in the performing arts, as shown by box office receipts or record, cassette, compact disk, or video sales.  


Chapter Selection
Chapter 1  –  O1 Visas and EB1 Green Cards for Sports, Track and Field
Chapter 2  –  To Be The Best
Chapter 3  –  O1 Visa vs. EB1 Green Card
Chapter 4  –  O1 Visa Check List
Chapter 5  –  EB1 Green Card Checklist
Chapter 6  –  Acclaim, Sponsorship and Visa Duration
Chapter 7 –  O1 Visa and EB1 Green Card – Spouse and Children

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Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram

Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram


US Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram
Chris M. Ingram LL.M., ESQ – Immigration Attorney
Admitted in New York.
Practice Specializing in US Immigration Law
520 Broadway, Suite 350,
Santa Monica,
California 90401
Tel: 310 496 4292

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