Throughout all my years of immigration, I am partial (and maybe a bit bias) to the EB-1, Alien of Extraordinary Ability category. Quite simply – I love this category. I truly believe it is a perfect example of why immigration is so vital to both the U.S. economy, as well as medical research institutions and universities. The proof is in the name – “Extraordinary”. We must demonstrate through specific criteria, that an individual has achieved extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim.
Now, in some instances, this is easy to prove. We see many cases where the individual’s work is easy to identify and relate to – such as a Biologist conducting groundbreaking cancer research; a former Olympian ice skater; or a world renowned economist. But what happens when your Alien of Extraordinary Ability works with ion-trapping lattices, STIM1-lipid binding, and piezoelectric devices? Therein lies the test and the reason why the EB-1 category is both a challenge and a delight. It is up to us to provide the evidence, explanation and everyday life scenarios of why this individual deserves permanent residency based on personal achievement. It is the ultimate definition of success.
You might get lucky on obtaining approval for a difficult or even border-line case, but chances are an EB-1 approval is earned. These talented men and women who have excelled in their field deserve to remain in the U.S., and will better lives through their contributions. I have seen this countless times throughout the years and these cases inspire me on a daily basis. When an EB-1 is approved, it is reason to celebrate, for another extraordinary mind can remain in the U.S. and maybe, just maybe, will be the one that changes the world.