EB-1 Extraordinary Immigrants
Few will be eligible for this visa, but that won’t matter at all if you are among those few.
There have been different versions of this visa over the years, but the common thread is that to qualify you really do need to be among the best practitioners in your field.
The quick eligibility test is whether you’re famous. Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Gordon Ramsay, etc.
That said, you do not necessarily need to be a household name, if you can meet the US government’s criteria for extraordinary achievement, whether in arts, sciences, business, education or athletics.
Awards and honours will help, along with publications written by (or about) you which demonstrated how really, when it comes down to it, you’re a star.
If you can meet the standard, you don’t need an employer’s backing: you can apply without a sponsor.
US Extraordinary Achiever Visa
Name: The Few, The Proud
Description: If you've earned the right to travel on a EB-1, hats off to you. Movie stars, rock stars -- and so-called rock stars of academia and the business world should really start here before checking out any other option.