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What to Do Before Filing for the EB-1A

The EB-1A is a green card based on extraordinary ability. 

 

Step 1: Consult with an Attorney and Have a Strategy Session

It is essential that you get a professional opinion of an experienced immigration attorney. You should ensure that you have the proper qualifications to qualify for the EB-1A. 

A strategy session gives you the opportunity to discuss the individual requirements, your portfolio, the current trends in law, and anything else that will affect the approval of your application. This will help you secure an understanding of where you fit in the context of the EB-1A, your field, the federal regulations, etc.

 

Step 2: Ask Yourself if You Are An Expert in Your Field

Before proceeding with the EB-1A application, it is important to ensure you are an expert in your field. Review your CV and analyze the work that you have done. Does your CV have a diverse amount of achievements in your career? Have you done everything in your career to position you as someone who is at the top of their field? After you’ve asked yourself these questions, if you find that you might not be an expert in your field, move onto step 3.

 

Step 3: Increase Your Achievements in Your Field 

There are a variety of ways to add to your CV that could help convince the immigration officer that you are an artist with extraordinary ability. Identify your deficiencies and try to correct them. For example, if you do not have any experience in judging on your resume, you could reach out to a local university and ask if there are any opportunities for judging panels that are associated with your field. It is important to be creative in finding good additions for your CV. Not only will this help you in your EB-1A application, it will also help you in your career.

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