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What are original contributions of major significance in the field? How can I meet this EB-1A criterion?

By April 20, 2020April 9th, 2021Immigration
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To qualify for the EB-1A Green Card, you will need to prove that you are one of the small percentage of people who have risen to the very top of your field and submit evidence to the government showing that you have sustained national or international acclaim and that your achievements have been recognized in your field of expertise. The evidence can be either:

  • A one-time achievement – this is a major, internationally recognized award, or
  • At least three of these 10 criteria. One of the 10 criteria is evidence of “original scientific, artistic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field.”

What kind of evidence should I submit to meet this criterion?

  • Expert Letters discussing your contributions of major significance to the field. Please note that the Expert letters have to explain in detail how the work was “original” and why it was of a “major significance” to the field. The Expert Letters should also describe the impact of your contribution on subsequent work of others. General statements of experts regarding the importance of your work are not sufficient;
  • Objective evidence showing the significance of your contribution to the field (g. media articles discussing your original contribution);
  • Evidence showing that people throughout the field consider your work important;
  • Evidence showing the significance of your contribution to the field (g. ground-breaking cancer research that contributed to the whole field and resulted in new protocols);
  • Evidence that your contributions provoked widespread public commentary in the field or have been widely cited;
  • Evidence of your work being implemented by others (g. hospitals all over the country implemented the new testing method from your cancer research)

Please note that one original contribution could be sufficient to meet this requirement even though the regulatory definition lists contributions as a plural. The evidence you submit should demonstrate that you are one of the small percentage who have risen to the very top of the field.

Please click here and here if you want to read more about the EB-1A Green Card.

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