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EB1 Visa: Everything You Need to Know

The EB1 visa is an employment-based Green Card for individuals of extraordinary ability, researchers and professors, and executives. In this EB1 visa guide, you'll learn everything you need to know about the EB1 visa requirements, processing time, and costs.

Chelsea Spinos, Writer
Simon Craven, Manifest Immigration Lawyer

By:

Chelsea Spinos

Chelsea Spinos is a contributing writer for Manifest Law. She covers all topics related to U.S. visas and green cards. She is passionate about helping people navigate their immigration journey with clarity and confidence.

Reviewer:

Simon Craven, Esq.

Simon Craven is an immigration attorney with 11+ years of experience working on thousands of successful immigration cases. Simon is passionate about US immigration and helping people.

10 min read • Feb 05, 2024

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Key takeaways

The EB1 visa allows people to permanently work and live in the U.S.

The EB1 visa doesn't require a PERM labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor

You can self sponsor an EB1A visa, which means no dependency from an employer

The EB1 visa is usually one of the fastest immigration paths to getting a Green Card

EB1A visa extraordinary ability requirements are hard to meet and require extensive evidence and proof

Our EB1 visa lawyers have experience with thousands of successful prior cases and will help maximize your odds of success

What is an EB1 visa?

What is an EB1 visa?

The EB1 visa is an employment-based visa that offers permanent residency to the U.S. This visa category is designed for individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary ability.

1) Extraordinary Ability (EB1-A)

2) Outstanding Researchers and Professors (EB1-B)

3) Multinational Managers (EB1-C) aka international executives

Visa type

Who is it for?

Requires an employer sponsor?

How do you qualify as an individual?

EB1-A

Extraordinary

Ability

Business, science, arts, education, athletics

Meet 3 out of 10 Extraordinary ability criteria below

EB1-B

Researchers/

Professors

Professor, researchers

Meet 2 out of 6 criteria below

EB1-C

Multinational Managers

Managers and executives

Be a manager abroad for over 1 year, see requirements below

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Visa type

Who is it for?

Requires an employer sponsor?

How do you qualify as an individual?

EB1B

Outstanding Researchers/

Professors

Professor, researchers

Meet 2 out of 6 criteria below

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Visa type

Who is it for?

Requires an employer sponsor?

How do you qualify as an individual?

EB1C

Multinational Managers

Managers and executives

Be a manager abroad for over 1 year

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What are the benefits of an EB1 visa?

What are the benefits of an EB1 visa?

The EB1 category stands out as one of the most prestigious types of a green card, and here's why:

  1. Speed. An EB1 visa is usually faster compared to other paths to a green card such as EB3 PERM.

  2. No need for labor certification. EB1 cases don’t require PERM labor certification, which usually takes 2+ years.

  3. Self-petition. No employer dependency. You don’t need an employer to petition for you if you apply for an Eb1A visa – instead, you can “self-petition.” In other words, you don't need a job offer from a U.S. company.

"Over 30,000 immigrants were approved for the EB1 Green Card in 2023 alone" USCIS statistics

"Over 30,000 immigrants were approved for the EB1 Green Card in 2023 alone" USCIS statistics

What is the “Extraordinary Ability”
EB1-A visa?

What is the “Extraordinary Ability” EB1-A visa?

The "Extraordinary Ability" (EB1-A) visa is designed for people who demonstrate notable achievements in their field, whether it be sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. For EB1-A visa eligibility, it's essential to show that your work has garnered recognition and acclaim on a national or international scale, in other words you have risen to the top of your field.

Who qualifies for EB 1 visas?

Who qualifies for EB 1 visas?

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A woman in a beige dress and eye glasses working on her laptop in a windowed office content with her eb1 lawyers.

Influencers and bloggers

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A male and a female scientist working together in a lab looking through a microscope.
A male and a female scientist working together in a lab looking through a microscope.

Scientists, professors, researchers

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2 men and a woman smiling looking happy after getting perm labor certification

Entrepreneurs and Founders

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Two men working together on a laptop laughing and enjoying themselves after getting a green card visa.

Software engineers, data scientists and designers

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Three smiling women walking through an office hallway enjoying time together at work after meeting EB1 visa criteria

Executives and managers

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A middle aged woman with short hair and a lapcoat smiling at the camera after her O1 status check.

Medical professionals and doctors

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A middle aged woman enjoying her time painting in a windowsill with fresh flowers after finishing eb1 processing time

Artists, actors, musicians, creators

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A female visa to greencard track runner with pink sunglasses and a blue uniform running on a racetrack in the sun

Athletes, sports professionals

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Two men with microphones and ear phones discussing information on a podcast in an office.

Journalists, editors, TV hosts

EB1 Visa Requirements

EB1 Visa Requirements

To qualify for the EB1A visa, you will need to meet at least 3 of the 10 different EB1 requirements. These include:

You’ve won some significant awards

You served in an important role for an important company

You’re a member of groups with high standards

You received press/media coverage for your work

You developed something new that makes a difference in your field

You’ve written things about your work that got published

You’ve been asked to judge other people in your field

You make more money than others who do what you do

Your artistic work has has commercial success

Your artistic work has been displayed publicly

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💡 Remember: You do not need an employer sponsor for the EB1A visa category. However, you should still be coming to the U.S. to work in your field.

Criteria 1: What awards count for the EB1-A visa requirements?

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Image of three gold trophies to symbolize awards for EB1A visa
Image of three gold trophies to symbolize awards for EB1A visa

You don't need to have a Nobel Prize to tick the award criteria box for the EB1 visa. But here's the deal – not every award qualifies. You've got to prove to the USCIS that your award is meaningful and noteworthy. So, what kind of award will support your EB1 visa approval rate?


The U.S. Government looks at rewards based on three main aspects:


  1. The organization that granted you the award and/or the judges for the competition

  2. The selection criteria for the award

  3. The level of competition for the award


For example, an “Employee of the Month” award from a hotel company probably won’t cut it. On the other hand, an internationally recognized award that's all about you and your achievements could qualify. 

💡 Remember: Keep in mind, just one significant international award could be enough all on its own to meet this EB1 visa requirement!

Criteria 2: What is considered a Leading or Critical Role for the EB1-A Visa?

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Image of professional woman in blue shirt and brown jacket, holding a tablet
Image of professional woman in blue shirt and brown jacket, holding a tablet

Another way to show you meet the EB1 requirements is by highlighting instances where important organizations have asked you to do impactful work for them. In order to check off this criteria, you will need to show that you’ve played a “leading or critical role” in an organization with a “good reputation”.


The USCIS considers factors like your organization size, how long the organization has been around, the customer base, media coverage, revenue or any rankings (e.g., Inc 5000 or Forbes). Essentially, the larger and more recognizable the organization, the better it is for your EB1 visa case.


A leading role involves being in a leadership position, holding titles like "Chief Financial Officer," "VP of Marketing," or "Senior Professor." But it's not just about the title – you should also have a team or individuals under your guidance within the organization.


A critical role means your contributions have made a substantial impact on the organization. Showcase how your work has brought positive changes, whether by enhancing efficiency, introducing innovative problem-solving approaches, or contributing to cost savings. It's all about proving your tangible impact.

Manifest Tip: If you have been a part of a very prestigious, internationally-known organization, your role might not have to be at the very top to qualify.

Criteria 3: What counts as a Membership in a group of high standards for the EB1-A Visa?

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Group of three women and two men talking about business surrounding a laptop
Group of three women and two men talking about business surrounding a laptop

Another way to fulfill an EB1 visa requirement for showcasing Extraordinary Ability involves being part of work-related memberships or associations. Not every association or membership qualifies. These organizations should require real achievements from their members. Being part of such groups shows the government that other experts recognize your accomplishments in your industry.


Now, let's make clear what types of group memberships don't meet this EB1 visa requirement:

  • Memberships based solely on education level or years of experience

  • Memberships you've paid for as the only criteria

  • Memberships required for your job, like union membership

  • Memberships in groups unrelated to your work

Another way to fulfill an EB1 visa requirement for showcasing Extraordinary Ability involves being part of work-related memberships or associations. Not every association or membership qualifies. These organizations should require real achievements from their members. Being part of such groups shows the government that other experts recognize your accomplishments in your industry.


Now, let's make clear what types of group memberships don't meet this EB1 visa requirement:

  • Memberships based solely on education level or years of experience

  • Memberships you've paid for as the only criteria

  • Memberships required for your job, like union membership

  • Memberships in groups unrelated to your work


Curious if your membership in an organization will qualify for an EB1-A Visa? Dive into our blog article “O1 Visa and EB1 Visa Requirements: Membership in Organizations”.

Criteria 4: Your work was previously covered by Press or Media

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Two microphones being held to symbolize press and media for EB1 visa
Two microphones being held to symbolize press and media for EB1 visa

To fulfill this EB-1 visa requirement, you need to showcase media coverage that recognizes your achievements. It's ideal if this coverage comes from national or international media, rather than just local or niche outlets. You don't necessarily have to be the sole focus, but the content should revolve around or discuss you. Also, it's worth mentioning that having a reputable source adds significant value.


Here are some examples:


Qualifies

  • New York Times review mentioning your performance in a play

  • A notable social media influencer featured your accomplishments in a video with hundreds of thousands of views


Doesn’t qualify

  • Media produced or paid for by your organization

  • A mention from someone on social media without a significant following

Criteria 5: What are Original Contributions for the EB1-A Visa?

Your EB-1 visa eligibility can be strengthened by highlighting your meaningful contributions in your field.  Whether these are groundbreaking innovations or substantial enhancements to existing products or processes, your contributions should stand out as both original and significant. Importantly, these contributions must have a direct connection to your specific area of work.

Criteria 6: What are Scholarly Materials for the EB1-A Visa?

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Two people, with one person pointing to scholarly material and other person holding pencil
Two people, with one person pointing to scholarly material and other person holding pencil

One of the best, most straightforward ways to provide evidence of your exceptional ability is by submitting a scholarly article that you have published. Not only does it signify a substantial contribution to your field, but it’s tangible proof of your exceptional ability.


You can also show the influence of your scholarly publications in this EB-1 requirement by showing how often they are cited by others. High citation numbers or a high citation index help to show that your ideas are being used by others in their own work, and are therefore influential. This information can be gathered from places like Google Scholar.

Criteria 7: What is Judging the Work of Others for the EB1-A Visa?

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Gavel to symbolize judge of others for EB1 visa criteria
Gavel to symbolize judge of others for EB1 visa criteria

Meeting the "Judge of the Work of Others" criteria is another way to demonstrate your impact and recognition within your professional field, to improve your EB1 visa eligibility.


What counts as judging?

  • Judging others in a competitive setting, such as a contest, awards panel, or grants committee

  • Actively participating in the review process for scientific papers, conference presentations, or similar materials

Manifest tip: Keep in mind that being asked to judge is not enough. You must have actually completed the evaluation. Also, judging doesn’t include work just within your organization, such as judging candidates for employment or internal performance evaluations.

Criteria 8: What is considered a High Salary for the EB1-A Visa?

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Hands holding US dollars
Hands holding US dollars

Simply put, a salary is considered “high” when it stands out in comparison to others in similar roles. This is determined by referencing data or surveys that outline standard salaries in your specific field. Websites like the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) or the Department of Labor's “Career One Stop” can be helpful for field-specific salary comparisons.


You can show evidence through pay records, tax returns, or contracts. Importantly, you don't need to have already earned a high salary – showcasing a contract or a job offer indicating a future high salary can work. For entrepreneurs or startup founders, showing substantial funding from various sources can help make a case for high compensation.

Criteria 9: What is considered Commercial Success (Performing Arts) for the EB1-A Visa?

Commercial Success for the EB1 Visa relates to demonstrating that your work has made money. It goes beyond just producing or participating in performances – instead, it involves showcasing that your work has generated substantial revenue or sales. This can be measured by factors like number of tickets or units sold, or other relevant evidence that shows the financial impact of your contributions in the performing arts.

Criteria 10: What is a Display of Artistic Work for the EB1-A Visa?

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Woman gazing at art piece on wall in a gallery to symbolize display of artistic work for EB1A visa
Woman gazing at art piece on wall in a gallery to symbolize display of artistic work for EB1A visa

For artists pursuing the EB1A visa, it's essential to showcase that your work has been publicly displayed. Public display means your art is exhibited in venues open to the public, and your work is visible. Prestigious venues with broad audiences are more supportive for the EB1 visa application.


Also, it’s worth noting that the venue can also be virtual, such as a virtual museum or art gallery.

Manifest tip: You only need to meet a minimum of 3 different types of EB1 visa criteria, but the more EB1 visa requirements you meet, the stronger your case!

Keep in mind that meeting three of these EB1 visa requirements is just the starting point – it's necessary, but not sufficient. Ultimately, the USCIS will look at the full picture of your professional achievements to determine if you truly stand out as "extraordinary" compared to others in your field.


If you're unsure whether you meet the qualifications for the Extraordinary Ability category, we're here to help! At Manifest, we can thoroughly review your evidence and provide a visa eligibility assessment – without immediate commitment to filing for your visa.

Request a written Visa Eligibility Assessment

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What is the “Outstanding Professor or Researcher” EB1B visa?

What is the “Outstanding Professor or Researcher” EB1B visa?

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Medical professional holding a test tube
Medical professional holding a test tube

The EB1-B visa is specifically designed for professors and researchers who have shown exceptional achievements in their academic or research careers. Just like the EB1-A visa category for individuals with "Extraordinary Ability," there's a specific set of criteria for proving your qualification as a professor or researcher who has achieved significant success.

EB1-B Visa Requirements

EB1-B Visa Requirements

There are six different types of criteria you can use to meet EB1B visa requirements. For EB1B eligibility, you must meet at least 2 out of 6 requirements:

You’ve won some significant awards

You’re a member of groups with high standards

You received press/media coverage for your work

You’ve been asked to judge other people in your field

You developed something new that makes a difference in your field

You’ve written things about your work that got published

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💡 Remember: You only need to meet a minimum of 2 out of 6 EB1B requirements, but the more criteria you can meet, the stronger your EB1B visa application.

Criteria 1: What awards count for the EB1-B visa?

Now, let's get into what qualifies as a "good award" for the EB1B visa for scientists and professors. When evaluating awards, USCIS pays attention to factors like tough competition and recognition from esteemed organizations. While grants or similar honors might be considered, they need to carry significant weight. For instance, snagging a Best Paper/Presentation Award from the International Chemistry Society would be impressive, but receiving an Employee Achievement Award from a small pharma company might not hold much weight.

Criteria 2: What counts as a Membership for the
EB1-B Visa?

Another way to prove you qualify as an Outstanding Researcher or Professor for the EB1B visa is by being part of work-related groups, which typically means associations. These groups should require real achievements from its members. Being in these types of groups shows the government that other experts recognize and value your contributions.


A strong membership would be something like being a Member of the National Academy of Sciences. However, membership in an athletic organization when you work as a researcher probably won’t count, since it’s not related to your work.

Criteria 3: What Press and Media Coverage can be shown for the EB1-B Visa?

To fulfill this EB1B visa requirement, showcase that your scientific or academic accomplishments have received recognition in the media. It's better if this acknowledgment comes from national or international media, rather than just local or niche sources. This recognition could take the form of a feature in a scientific publication, high-reputation journal, or online publications.

Criteria 4: What is Judging the Work of Others for the EB1-B Visa?

For this EB1B visa requirement, you’ll need to show that you've been invited to judge the work of others. So, what qualifies as judging?


It can take place in competitive scenarios, such as contests, awards panels, or grants committees. Many scientists meet this criteria by conducting reviews for major scientific journals or serving on awards panels. However, activities like being the lead interviewer for departmental hiring may not be significant enough.

Criteria 5: What are Original Contributions for the EB1-B Visa?

To amp up your chances for EB1B visa eligibility, highlight any contributions considered as original and important, such as novel research findings or patents for new technologies. The key is demonstrating that your contribution holds significance and has made an impact on your field.


For example, being a lead author on a widely-cited scientific journal article that significantly influences research in your field can also be a strong indicator. Any substantial contributions can serve as compelling evidence of the impact your work has had.

Criteria 6: What are Scholarly Materials for the 
EB1-B Visa?

Like the EB1A visa, submitting scholarly materials is one of the most straightforward ways to meet the requirement as an Outstanding Professor or Researcher. Scientific publications are a classic example, but other types of articles may also qualify if they meet scholarly standards and have a broader readership.


Keep in mind that meeting a minimum of two of these criteria is just the starting point – it's necessary but may not be sufficient enough to qualify as an Outstanding Professor or Researcher.


Not sure if you meet the EB1-B qualifications? Our team at Manifest can review your evidence and help you better understand your EB1-B visa eligibility.

Request a written Visa Eligibility Assessment

$249 deposit

applied to your future legal fee with Manifest Law

Job Offer Requirement for EB1-B Visa

Unlike the EB1A category of "Extraordinary Ability," an Outstanding Professor or /Researcher case does require an employer sponsor. This sponsor is typically a university, though it can also be a private company, so long as they have at least three other full-time researchers on staff. It's essential that the U.S. role offered is permanent or indefinite, such as a tenure or tenure-track position as a professor, and not a short-term role.

What is EB1-C?

What is EB1-C?

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Woman showing strategy on whiteboard to two other people sitting down
Woman showing strategy on whiteboard to two other people sitting down

Now, let's explore the third and final EB1 visa category: Multinational Managers and Executives, also known as EB1C. Unlike the first two categories, this visa is less about showcasing individual excellence in your field.


Instead, the purpose of EB1C is to allow people who work as managers or executives for a company abroad to come to the U.S. to work as a manager or executive at a similar U.S. company. Think of it as a more permanent version of the temporary "L-1A" visa (which you can read more about here), offering a pathway to a green card.


Before evaluating your EB1C requirements eligibility, it's important to make sure that the companies involved — your foreign employer abroad and the U.S. company you're transferring to— have the right kind of corporate relationship.

What is an EB1-C “qualifying relationship”?

A qualifying corporate relationship exists when the U.S. employer is connected to the foreign company, either as the same employer or through specific relationships like parent-subsidiary, branch, or affiliate. Also, both companies must be “doing business.” Usually, you would need to submit evidence of qualifying relationships like tax returns, shareholder agreements, or board resolutions.

Qualifications for the EB1C visa

Qualifications for the EB1C visa

How do I qualify as a manager for the EB1-C visa?

OK, so now that you've confirmed the right corporate relationship and both companies are actively engaged in business, let's shift our focus to you.


For EB1C visa eligibility, you’ll need to show that you've worked for a full year as a Manager or Executive at a foreign company. You’ll also need to show that you will continue working as a Manager or Executive in the U.S.


It's important to note that just having a title including “manager” is not enough. USCIS has very specific definitions of what it means to be a manager or executive in this case.


Let's make sure your role aligns with these defined terms to strengthen your EB1C case. There are two types of managers in this context: Personnel Managers and Functional Managers.


A Personnel Manager is someone who supervises and controls the work of other supervisory, professional, or managerial employees.


A Functional manager oversees a clearly defined and essential activity within the organization, such as heading the manufacturing processes in a factor.

How do I qualify as an executive for the EB1-C visa?

According to USCIS, and “Executive” is someone who:


  1. Directs the management of the organization (or a major component or function of the organization);

  2. Establishes the goals and policies of the organization, component, or function;

  3. Exercises wide latitude in discretionary decision making; and

  4. Receives only general supervision or direction from higher level executives, the board of directors, or stockholders of the organization


To be clear, it is not enough to have an executive title, or that some of your time is spent directing the company.


The focus is on your job duties and the overall structure of your company. Even though it’s not clearly specified, they will still want to see that there’s enough staff at the company to justify someone serving as a real Executive.


The employees (or contractors) you supervise should be performing the day-to-day operations of the company so that you are mostly just carrying out your executive function. As a result, it will be hard to justify an Executive role at a smaller company.

💡 Remember: You need to show that your work is Managerial or Executive on both sides of the equation (U.S. and abroad)

❗ Note: Unlike in the L-1B nonimmigrant category, the EB1C does not allow for a “specialized knowledge” multinational executive or manager.

Take our quiz to see if you qualify for the EB 1 visa

Take our quiz to see if you qualify for the EB 1 visa

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O1 to EB1

O1 to EB1

One of the most common questions that we hear from our clients is what is the difference between o1 and eb1 visa and how to transfer from o1 to eb1 visa status. In short, O1 visa is a non-immigrant temporary visa (3 years) and eb1 is a permanent residency (Green Card) typically issued for 10 years. Even though, requirements for both visas are very similar, the standard for EB1 visa is much higher and such applications receive a higher scrutiny then o1 visa applications.


Many people choose to initially move to the US under o1 visa status, build out their portfolio with evidence and then file a separate application for an eb1 visa green card. O1 to Eb1 conversion is a very popular immigration paths to the US. If you're considering this option, check out our O1 visa guide here.

One of the most common questions that we hear from our clients is what is the difference between o1 vs eb1 visa options and how to transfer from o1 to eb1. In short, O1 visa is a non-immigrant temporary visa (3 years) and eb1 is a permanent residency (Green Card) typically issued for 10 years. Even though, requirements for both visas are very similar, the standard for EB1 visa is much higher and such applications receive a higher scrutiny then o1 visa applications.


Many people choose to initially move to the US under o1 visa status, build out their portfolio with evidence and then file a separate application for an eb1 visa green card. O1 to Eb1 conversion is a very popular immigration paths to the US. If you're considering this option, check out our O1 visa guide here.

Visa type

Green Card?

Duration

Requires a petitioner

Difficulty

Processing time

Lawyer fees

O1 visa

Non-immigrant

No

2 or 3 years

Yes

Easier

15 business days

from $7,500

EB1 visa

immigrant

Yes

10+ years

No

Harder

15 business days

from $9,975

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EB1 Processing Time

EB1 Processing Time

Opting for premium processing can speed up the EB1 petition decision to a quick 15 business days. Yet, the path to getting your hands on the actual green card, whether you're going through adjustment of status or consular processing, is a more extended journey, averaging between 1.5 to 2 years. Keep in mind that people from certain countries might find themselves dealing with even longer timelines. The ever-changing visa bulletin published by the U.S. Government each month can influence these timelines.


The EB1 visa process consists of two major steps: 


  1. Immigrant Visa Petition approval (Form I-140)

  2. Obtaining permanent residence, or “green card” (via adjustment of status if you’re in the U.S., or consular processing if you’re outside of the US)

Let’s start with the first step:

EB1 Visa Premium Processing

EB1 Visa Premium Processing

As of now, EB1 cases qualify for Premium Processing. By paying an additional USCIS filing fee of $2,850, you can expect a decision on the petition (I-140 only) within 15 business days for EB1A and EB1B categories, and within 45 business days for Multinational Managers/Executives.

Step 1: i-140 petition approval by USCIS

The first step towards your EB1 visa is to file an i-140 visa petition with USCIS.


You can download i 140 letter sample directly below:

Or see an example of form I-140:

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Image of form I-140 for the EB1 visa
Image of form I-140 for the EB1 visa

Once you receive the notice of approval, the next step is to consult the U.S. Department of State's Visa Bulletin to check whether a green card is currently available. You can see the most recent visa bulletin here.


Depending on the visa bulletin and specific circumstances, it might be possible to file the I-140 petition and green card applications at the same time.

Step 2: Adjustment of Status (“Green Card” application)

If applying from INSIDE the United States, you will need to submit Form I-485 for adjustment of status.


You can download the form directly here:

Or see an example of form I-485 below:

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Image of Form I-485 for the EB1 visa
Image of Form I-485 for the EB1 visa

Form I-485 can sometimes take more than 2 years for USCIS to process the application. I-485 wait times vary depending on the service center where it is filed. If you are applying from abroad (via consular processing), you will likely wait at least another 6 months.


For the latest estimates on processing times, check out the USCIS processing times tool. If you’ve already submitted and wish to track the status of your case, you can do so on the USCIS website.

EB1 Visa Costs

EB1 Visa Costs

Finally, let’s talk about the money side of getting an EB1 visa. Essentially, there are two types of fees associated with the application: EB1 lawyer fees and Government fees + other costs.

Government fees and processing timelines for EB1 Visa by Manifest Law
Government fees and processing timelines for EB1 Visa by Manifest Law
Government fees and processing timelines for EB1 Visa by Manifest Law
Government fees and processing timelines for EB1 Visa by Manifest Law

EB1 Lawyer Fees

When it comes to lawyer fees for the EB1 visa, they can vary depending on who you go with. If you want a more individualized experience, we say go for a smaller law firm that specializes in EB1 Visas.


Here at Manifest Law, our immigration lawyer fees for an EB1 visa start at $7,995. The exact fee depends on the package you pick and how much money-back guarantee you're looking for. We're here to make the EB1 process smooth and tailored just for you.

EB2 Processing Fees

Here's a quick overview of the current filing fees for the EB1 visa (keep in mind, these fees can change).

For applicants filing from within the U.S.:

For applicants filing from within the U.S.:

Form I-140

(“Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker”):

Form I-485

(the adjustment of status application):

Filing Fee: $700 (this fee is paid by the employer)

Filing Fee: $1140

Biometrics Fee: $85 (required for applicants aged 14 to 79)

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For applicants applying from outside the U.S.:

For applicants applying from outside the U.S.:

Form I-140

(“Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker”):

Form DS-260

(immigrant visa application):

Form I-864

(“Affidavit of Support”):

Biometrics Fee:

Filing Fee: $700 (this fee is paid by the employer sponsoring you)

Filing Fee: $345

Filing Fee: $120

Fee: $85 (required for applicants aged 14 to 79)

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Do I need to hire an EB1 visa lawyer?

Many people choose to hire a lawyer for their EB1 visa due to its complexity, unpredictable nature and craft in writing recommendation letters and application documentation.


Navigating the EB1 process can be complicated, and the stakes are high. With tons of government forms and a hefty stack of supporting documents, it can get overwhelming. Having an experienced EB1 lawyer on your side to navigate the strategy and paperwork ensures you're putting forward the strongest case.


Manifest Law hires only experienced immigration lawyers with 10+ years of experience and offers flexible payment plans of up to 6 months, a visa-approved or money-back guarantee (check out the terms).

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General information about timelines, fees, requirements for various visa options

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Information on Manifest fees, terms and process

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Full clarity and transparency every step along the way

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Avi Goldenberg

Principal attorney at Manifest Law

Take the First Step:

Schedule your free consultation!

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Review of visa options available for you

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General information about timelines, fees, requirements for various visa options

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Information on Manifest fees, terms and process

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Full clarity and transparency every step along the way

Picture of Avi Goldenburg, principal attorney at Manifest law, smiling in eye glasses and a blue button up shirt in his office.

Avi Goldenberg

Principal attorney at Manifest Law

Take the First Step:

Schedule your free consultation!

Check mark in a circle icon

Review of visa options available for you

Check mark in a circle icon

General information about timelines, fees, requirements for various visa options

Check mark in a circle icon

Information on Manifest fees, terms and process

Check mark in a circle icon

Full clarity and transparency every step along the way

Picture of Avi Goldenburg, principal attorney at Manifest law, smiling in eye glasses and a blue button up shirt in his office.

Avi Goldenberg

Principal attorney at Manifest Law

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

How hard is it to get EB-1 visa?

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Can I get an EB1 visa as a manager?

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Attorney Advertising. This website is intended for general informational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and is no substitute for consulting a licensed attorney. Only an attorney can provide you with legal advice, and only after considering your specific facts and circumstances. You should not act on any information on this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney. manifestlaw.com is a product of Manifest Law PLLC. Manifest Law PLLC is a law firm operating as a New York Professional Corporation.

2024 Manifest Copyright. All Rights Reserved.

Attorney Advertising. This website is intended for general informational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and is no substitute for consulting a licensed attorney. Only an attorney can provide you with legal advice, and only after considering your specific facts and circumstances. You should not act on any information on this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney. manifestlaw.com is a product of Manifest Law PLLC. Manifest Law PLLC is a law firm operating as a New York Professional Corporation.

2024 Manifest Copyright. All Rights Reserved.