Could you qualify for the “Einstein” green card?

The Einstein green card is the most prestigious green card category in the US

It’s as impressive as it sounds: the Einstein green card is the most prestigious green card category in the US, and it is reserved for people who possess extraordinary ability in any of the following fields:

  • Science
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Business
  • Athletics

It’s a very coveted and unique form of entry into the United States. In fact, if you qualify, you could be placed in the fastest green card category; which has much faster processing times than even the investment-based green cards that require almost $1 Million or more. Even more interesting, this category does not require a job offer in the USA–or any job at all, for that matter. You need to prove only that you will continue to work in the area of your expertise, which can usually be proven with a detailed statement from you along with some relevant professional data and evidence. Sounds pretty great, right? Let’s take a look at the type of evidence that is required to succeed with an Einstein visa application:

First, either you must have received a one-time national or internationally recognized award (think Pulitzer, Oscar, or Olympic Medal).

Second, if you do not have such an award, alternatively, you must pass two tests: quantitative and qualitative. This is where things can get ambiguous, and a strategic immigration attorney could help you build a compelling case.

Basically, you must meet at least 3 of the 10 criteria noted below:

  • Evidence of receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence
  • Evidence of your membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members
  • Evidence of published material about you in professional or major trade publications or other major media
  • Evidence you have been asked to judge the work of others, either individually or on a panel
  • Evidence of your original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field
  • Evidence of your authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media
  • Evidence that your work has been displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases
  • Evidence of your performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations
  • Evidence that you command a high salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field
  • Evidence of your commercial successes in the performing arts

The Einstein visa is complicated, but not impossible. As you may have assumed, it is named after its most prestigious recipient, Albert Einstein, who came to America as the Nazi party rose to power in Germany. Recent recipients, such as Melania Trump, have raised feedback that perhaps the category is not as difficult as it once was in previous years. 

If you’d like to try your hand at the Einstein visa due to superior talent in your field, contact our team of immigration attorneys and we’ll explore your options.

 

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