An EB-1 Green Card is the Employment-based Green Card First Preference Category. This Green Card category is reserved for those:
- Aliens with Extraordinary Ability or EB-1(a)
- Outstanding Professors and Researchers or EB-1(b)
- Multinational Executives or Managers or EB-1(c)
One of the benefits of an EB-1 Green Card is that Beneficiary of the Green Card does not need a PERM Labor Certification, since the Beneficiary’s presence in the United States is highly beneficial to industry and the economy. The PERM Labor Certification is an extremely time consuming and expensive process. When such a requirement can be avoided, a lot of time is saved and employment can start much quicker.
Among the EB-1 Options, there is one important item to note. EB-1(a) Aliens of Extraordinary Ability category, are eligible to self-petition. However, EB-1(b) and EB-1(c) must sponsorship by a U.S. employer.
To be sponsored by a U.S. employer, the following is required:
- a permanent job offer from a U.S. employer to hire the foreign beneficiary, and
- the U.S. employer should pay for all the expenses and fees related to filing the EB-1 immigrant petition.
If you are interested in applying your Green Card under the EB-1 category and would like to know if it is the best fit for your particular situation, please contact our office to set up a consultation with our Immigration Attorney.