What is the Einstein Visa?
Posted on August 22, 2018
The EB-1 Visa also called the Einstein Visa is a preference category for the United States Permanent Residency. It is reserved for people who are highly acclaimed in their respective fields. Olympic, Oscar, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners may be the ideal candidates for the same. Highly respected academicians and multinational executives may also be suitable candidates.
This Visa gets its name because it was granted to Albert Einstein in 1932 enabling him to obtain American citizenship.
The eligibility requirements for the Einstein Visa are quite lofty. One must be able to demonstrate outstanding ability in their respective field through sustained national and international acclaim. The fields may be the arts, science, education, business or athletics. There must be extensive documentation of the achievement for it to be recognized. As proof, the applicant must have an outstanding onetime achievement like an Oscar Award, Pulitzer Prize or Olympic medal. If not, you need to meet at least 3 of the 10 criteria to prove extraordinary ability in your field, as per the USCIS website.
Below are the listed criteria to demonstrate “Extraordinary ability”, as per the USCIS website. You would need to provide evidence of any 3 to be eligible:
- Receive domestic or globally recognized awards or prizes for excellence
- Have membership in associations which require extraordinary achievement of their members
- Have published material about you in print or other major media
- Have been asked to judge the material of others, individually or on a judging panel
- Original scholarly, scientific, business-related or artistic contributions of major significance in your field
- Author scholarly articles in major publications or other major media
- Your work has been displayed at exhibitions or showcases
- Leading or having a critical role in an organization of repute
- You command a high pay in relation to others in your field
- Commercial successes in performing arts
If you meet the three criteria, the USCIS holds the sole authority to make a final decision.
The “extraordinary ability” immigrant visa category does not require an employer or a family sponsor.
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