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What is extraordinary ability when obtaining a visa?

There are a number of ways that a foreign national can obtain a visa to come to the United States, but the one thing is common is that there must be a legitimate reason for you to be granted a visa. In many situations, a person may have a particular skill, ability, or talent that allows them to be considered “extraordinary.” The United States offers a visa for those who are skilled in a practice area known as the Extraordinary Ability Visa, or EB-1.

In order to determine whether you are eligible to obtain such a visa, you must establish at least three criteria. First, you need to determine whether you truly have an extraordinary ability in athletics, the arts, education, science, or business. You must be considered very skilled and in the top percentage of people with this ability in order to be eligible. In addition, you must be able to show whether your abilities in this field have been recognized or awarded either nationally in your country of origin or on an international level. Finally, you must be able to show that if you have established the extraordinary ability, you are coming to the United States to do something in that line of work.

The USCIS requires that applicants use evidence to provide proof of extraordinary ability. You can do so by submitting information about a major award you have won in that field that may include a copy or photograph of the award, documentation about the award, and more.

If you have questions regarding your EB-1 visa, contact an experienced immigration attorney today for assistance.

If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for matters regarding immigration, please contact the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta, LLC and we would be happy to provide you with assistance.