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Advantages of EB-1 Visas

Why Apply for an EB-1?

The EB-1 visa helps individuals from around the world pursue their dreams. This is an employment-based visa awarded to exceptional achievers, teachers, and business-people. The EB-1 visa offers several key advantages over a regular visa, listed below.

The EB-1 Does Not Require an Existing Job Offer

One of the greatest advantages of the EB-1 Extraordinary Ability visa is that eligible individuals do not need to have a job offer. However, you must submit evidence that you are going to work in the US in your area of extraordinary ability.

This evidence may include:

  • A letter from a current or prospective employer
  • An employment contract
  • An affidavit detailing the plan start or continue one's work in the United States.

An employer may sign and file an EB-1 petition or it may be signed and filed by the beneficiary.

Contact us to learn about the benefits of obtaining an EB-1 visa. Call (503) 889-0961 (503) 966-5530 or email us at myeb1visa@hammondlawgroup.com

An EB-1 Visa Saves You Time

The immigration process in the U.S. is notoriously lengthy. Many visas take long periods of time to process and approve, but the EB-1 visa can be relatively quick and straightforward.

First, EB-1s do not require a labor certification. Labor certification is the lengthy process that employers undergo to prove there are no qualified US citizens to perform the job. EB-1 applicants can avoid this process and save valuable time.

Other time-saving advantages include:

  • Premium processing option: When you file your application, you can elect for premium processing, which will alert you as to whether your case was successful within 15 days (unless there is a Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny challenge)
  • Concurrent filing: When filing for an EB-1 visa on Form I-140, you can file concurrently with a permanent residence application on Form I-485 as long as you meet certain qualifications. To qualify, your EB-1 priority date must be current and your PERM must have been approved by USCIS.
  • Early work authorization: If you file for permanent residence concurrently, USCIS can authorize your spouse and/or children under age 21 to start working in the country before permanent residence is approved

You Can Self-Petition for an EB-1 Visa

Not only do you not need an existing job offer for an EB-1 visa, you can petition entirely for yourself! In order to self-petition for an EB-1 visa, you need to prove you qualify for this visa type.

This can include:

  • Providing evidence that you achieved a major internationally recognized award
  • Providing evidence of your original contributions to your field
  • Providing evidence of published works about you in major publications or other media related to your work in your field
  • Proving your membership in an exclusive association involved in your field of extraordinary ability
  • Providing evidence that you have served as a critique or judge of other's work in your field

Importantly, this evidence must prove you have continually sustained your extraordinary ability in your field.

Trust Hammond Law Group to Work with You

To decide whether the EB-1 visa is right for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our team. At your consultation, we will listen to your story and review your situation to determine if you could be eligible for an EB-1. Our team understands the various rules and regulations regarding the EB-1 visa and can handle the complex legal matters for you.

Give us a call at (503) 889-0961 (503) 966-5530 or email us at myeb1visa@hammondlawgroup.com. We are eager to help you with your EB-1 immigration application.

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