In our previous article we discussed the opportunities of the EB-1 "Extraordinary Ability" Green Card. Under this category, no labor certification is required. Neither is a job offer or permanent job position.
Most importantly, you can self-petition for an EB1 Green Card. You can petition from outside the United States, or under some circumstances, from within the country.
The burden of proof in EB-1 cases rests solely with the petitioner. If a beneficiary is qualified, the probability of success depends largely on the way the case is presented. If the evidence is relevant and well presented, and the argument is made persuasively, then the case should be approved routinely.
As part of the application, letters of recommendation are required.
The letters of recommendation are a paramount component of an EB1 petition. The immigration should ensure that all the referees vouch for the petitioner’s ability in his or her area of expertise.
This is a letter written by an expert in the alien's field or an authoritative person in a related field. The letter discusses the abilities and accomplishments of the alien seeking an EB-1.
Recommendation letters should be written by experts or scholars in your field. Usually, alien applicants ask former professors, co-workers, employers and individuals that they have met at conferences. People who are less familiar with you are also recommended since any person who qualifies for an EB-1 petition would be expected to have some degree of notoriety in his or her field. Anyone who is familiar with your work and has expertise in the field may write a letter of recommendation for an applicant.
Recommendation letters provide the primary supporting evidence for your petition. For instance, the letters should include the writers' qualifications for their opinion, your achievements, awards, publishing record, society memberships, etc. There is no specific number of letters set forth by the USCIS. You should generally include three to seven letters of recommendation in an EB-1 case.
It is not necessary to obtain a strong letter of recommendation from your current employer to have a successful EB-1 petition, although you should get a letter from your employer if he or she is willing to write one for you. If you obtain letters of recommendation from other experts to support an EB-1 claim, your case may still be a successful one.
The independent third-part expert reference letters play an important role in the application, but not required. Also, it is better that the independent third-part experts attach their resume with their reference letters. Their resume is very important to establish the credibility of the reference. USCIS is more focused on the objective evidence, instead of subjective statements made by your friends and acquaintances.
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