I-140 EB1-A Extraordinary Ability Petition

I-140 & the EB1-A Extraordinary Ability Petition | Requirements

The EB1-A is a subgroup of first preference employment-based immigration. This immigration preference category is for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics. This classification is for people who are recognized as being at the very top of their field. No Labor Certification is required and self-petition is allowed. The visa bulletin indicates that this immigrant visa category is current , making it an ideal process for foreign nationals from countries experiencing a visa backlog.

We proudly advertise a 99% green card approval for I-140 EB1-A Extraordinary Ability Petitions

We owe this success to our careful case selection and years of experience navigating the green card process for international scholars.

In order to qualify for an EB1-A Extraordinary Ability petition, federal law indicates the petitioner must satisfy the following requirements:

1) Sustained national/international acclaims for his/her achievements

2) Applicant will continue work in his/her respective field

3) The presence of the applicant and his/her work will benefit the United States

Additionally, the petitioner must be the recipient of a major internationally recognized award (like a Nobel Prize); OR meet AT LEAST THREE of the following I-140 EB1-A Eligibility criterion


Receipt of lesser national or international prize/award for excellence in the field of endeavor


Membership in an association that requires outstanding achievement as a condition of membership in the field


Published material about the foreign person or his/her work in professional, trade journals, or major media publications


Foreign person’s participation, on a panel or individually, as a judge of the work of others in the same/related field


Evidence of original contributions, usually through publication, of major significance in the foreign national’s fields of science or scholastic


Authorship of scholarly articles in the field, in professional journals, or other major media (national news, magazines, etc.)


Display of foreign national’s work at significant exhibitions


Performance in a significant role for organizations or establishments that has a distinguished reputation


Receipt of a higher salary or remuneration than is usual in the field


Commercial success in the performing arts as shown by box office receipts or sales records, cassette, compact disk, or video sales


Other comparable evidence if the above types of evidence do not readily apply to the foreign national’s occupations

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The I-140 EB1-A Extraordinary Ability application process requires two items:

1) Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (Required immigration filing fee, $700)

2) A physically filed petition and evidence that explains how the applicant meets the EB1-A Extraordinary Ability criterion standards.

The meanings of these criteria can be ambiguous and winning an EB1-A requires extensive documentation and excellent petition skills of the attorney.

USCIS I-140 Filing Fee: $700

The criterion standards of the EB1-A are higher than the second preference category EB2 Exceptional Ability & National Interest Waiver . It is important to have an experienced attorney properly evaluate your chances for an EB1-A or EB2 before you invest!

Applicants of the I-140 EB1-A Extraordinary Ability petition are eligible to apply for an I-765, Employment Authorization Document and an I-131 Travel Document while they wait for a decision on their I-140 application.

Once the I-140 is approved, Applicants are available to apply for the I-485 Adjustment of Status so they may adjust into Legal Permanent Residency.

The Immigration Law Offices of Hadley Bajramovic is well versed in EB1-A cases and encourages clients to contact us if you have further questions. Contact our office at (951) 588 9838.


Success Record

  • I had a nice experience working with ILOHB on my EB1-A petition and would like to recommend their service. The most enjoyable part of my petition process was the interaction with the ILOH crew. I am impressed by their effectiveness, friendliness as well as their efforts on understanding my research field. I believe these assets are crucial for a strong petition preparation. The Dropbox sharing makes the whole process and interaction very efficient. I appreciate their professional help very much.

    Dr. LuAssistant Project Scientist at UC Santa Barbara

  • I would like to recommend without hesitation ILOHB for EB1-A assistance. I very much valued their response-to-query rapidity, the knowledge of how to process what paperwork and when, the friendliness of the staff, and the effort they put to minimize the stress associated with the process and the impact to my schedule. They will take care of you throughout the process and you will feel confident that your case is in good hands.

    Dr. SomSystems Engineer at the NASA Ames Research Center

Approval Record

Our office not only carries the invaluable knowledge from attorney Hadley Bajramovic's three years of experience as the Director of International Scholars at the University of California Riverside, but also the unmatched passion for all academic topics. We strive to present the importance and depth of scientific work that is being accomplished by the community of scientists, postdocs, Ph.D. students and scholars that have immigrated to the United States.

Because of our commitment we have won cases under the EB1A Preference category for foreign nationals from France, Russia, Iran, West Bengal, Switzerland, Turkey and China.

We invite you to submit your resume to our office for a one time free evaluation to see if you qualify for the I-140 process. Fill out an email request on the Contact Us page or send it directly to Hadley@ilohb.com.

We have experience working with a range of institutions:

  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Yale University
  • Emory University
  • Duke University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program
  • American Heart Association
  • Florida State University
  • Stanford University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, Evolutionary Metagenomics

We have won approvals for a range of specializations:

  • Astrobiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Crystallography
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Entomology
  • Management Science
  • Marketing
  • Material Science & Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Microfluidics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Neuroscience
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Planetary Science
  • Software Development
Call our office to arrange your free first consultation to learn more about how you qualify!