Characteristics of the EB1 Visa
- EB1 stands for “Employment Based, Priority 1”.
- The EB1 visa is a permanent visa. While the O1 visa has similar requirements, it is a temporary visa for those not seeking permanent immigrant status.
- The EB1 visa holder may skip the Labor Certification process.
- While the H1B visa is for professional workers, the EB1 visa is for workers with an extraordinary ability.
- This extraordinary ability must be provable with documentation, typically coming from peer reviewed scholarly and professional journals or other similar sources.
- Letters of recommendation are also required.
- A permanent job offer is not required for an EB1 visa. This means that the foreign national can petition for this visa on his or her own behalf.
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