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Applying for EB1 Visa: Increasing Your Chances of Approval

The EB1 visa is an employment-based visa reserved for people who have an extraordinary ability, multinational executives and managers, as well as outstanding professors and researchers. An experienced Dallas EB-1 Visa lawyer can determine whether or not this visa option is right for you. 

Understanding What is Extraordinary Ability

The EB1a category is for aliens who have an extraordinary ability in the fields of art, business, athletics, sciences, and education. These people should have shown that they sustained national or international acclaim and their field has recognized their achievements. Although an applicant to this category does not need to show they have a U. S. job offer, they should show they will continue to work in their field.

Merit Determination

Before a person applies for an EB1 visa, they must meet the required criteria. But meeting these criteria does not automatically guarantee approval of their petition. After meeting the first test, they have to establish that they are extraordinary or outstanding. During the second part of the USCIA analysis, officers will assess the entire evidence you present to make a final merits determination. 

Increasing Your Chances of Approval

To effectively deal with the USCIS requirement, you can improve your EB1 case by considering the following:

  • Show sufficiency of your acclaims. It is important to have a good balance of non-US references and US references. To increase your chances of getting your EB1 petition approved, you must show that you have enough national or international acclaim. 
  • Emphasize international acclaim. You must highlight any evidence or information that reflects national or international acclaim. Make sure to present this information in a way that the USCIS examiner can easily understand and access. 
  • Be familiar with the law. The EB1 visa category is always in flux. Unless you file your petition with professional help, you need to be familiar with the EB1 operational framework including the legal statutes, the policy memos of the USCIS, and the decisions of the US courts that govern the EB1 category. 
  • Add all evidence together. Sometimes, presenting the totality of the evidence can persuade the USCIS that your level of acclaim is sufficient enough to meet the requirements. Using the entire evidence can show the establishment of national or international acclaim.
  • Know your audience. When you present your evidence, you do it to a government bureaucrat who is not well versed in your field. Thus, you must make your case compelling to avoid negative impressions from this person. This means preparing your case with strong evidence and an understanding of human nature. 
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