Eb-1 Visa Requirements

By Tiara

The next level of employment authorization is for those with an eb-1 visa. An eb-1 visa allows you to work in the United States, as long as your sponsor (your employer) resides outside of Canada or the United States.

This type of visa requires that your sponsored employer submit a labor certification form confirming that there are no qualified workers available in the country where the job position exists. Once this is completed, then the Department of Homeland Security can issue you a one year working visa!

While these visas are great opportunities for individuals who need professional help running their business from afar, they do come with some conditions. You must make sure that your sponsored company will have enough money to cover your expenses while living in America, and you cannot accept any sort of compensation other than what has been agreed upon in writing.

These agreements typically include either per diem or housing stipends, both of which ensure you have proper subsistence while staying abroad.

Who is eligible to apply for an EB-1 visa?

An applicant must be able to prove that they are capable of immigrating to the United States as determined by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This includes proving you have enough money to live in America, and showing proof of health insurance or adequate medical coverage.

The individual must also make sure there will be no adverse effect on their families back home if they move here. If this is not true, then the application can be denied.

It is important to note that even though it may seem like overpriced “luxury” items such as an expensive house or a fancy car, these things play a major part in ensuring that your family stays safe during your departure and arrival in the U.S.

You need to submit many documents

eb-1 visa requirements

Along with your passport, there are several other documents that you must have before you can work in the United States. These include proof of identity, proof of residence, proof of employment, and an affidavit confirming your ability to pay for living expenses while you’re in America.

Most employers require at least two letters of recommendation from people who know you well. Make sure to ask these individuals to write about your leadership skills, teamwork tendencies, and dedication to helping others.

While it’s not mandatory to bring these documents with you when traveling internationally, it is recommended. If you don’t, you may be denied entry into the country or receive a very limited visa.

You must have a job offer

eb-1 visa requirements

There is no way to qualify for an EB-1 visa without having a job offer, nor will your employer be able to verify this if you don’t. So before you apply make sure that you have everything all lined up!

It costs less than $20,000 to file an application for an E2 visa, so why not do it now? Plus, it takes about six months - which means you can start looking for work while you wait. And once you are working, you can prove that you have adequate living expenses.

You must pass a background check

eb-1 visa requirements

Getting your visa approved is not a quick process, so it’s important to be prepared for this before you go into the interview.

Most major international organizations run criminal records checks on their members, which means they will do pre-visit investigations to make sure there are no issues with employment or security clearances.

These checks can take months to complete, so it’s best to be as thorough as possible by doing your research well ahead of time.

By being familiar with the basics of US immigration law, as well as knowing the requirements for working in America, you have already done some preparation.

You must have a valid passport

eb-1 visa requirements

An eb-1 visa is for an individual to seek employment in the United States as a professional or consultant. Applicants must be able to prove they are qualified professionals and that their position is unique and can’t be done by anyone else, so making sure your credentials are up to date and proof of adequate salary is important.

In addition to showing you are well trained in your profession, it is also essential to show you will not be duplicated once hired. This includes things like having enough sources of income, house hold memberships, etc.

There are two main types of EB-1 visas: Labor certification and advanced degree benefits. The former requires employees to demonstrate their skills through job offers or proofs of training, while the latter allows individuals to apply if they are awarded an academic scholarship or fellowship due to their expertise or achievements in their field.

Generalized criteria

EB-1 applicationsare evaluated using generalized criteria. These include, but are not limited too:

Evidence of significant investment in education (suchas scholarships)

Demonstration of extraordinary ability in the areaof work being sought

The presence of such ability was known to otherpeople outside of the applicant's social circle

If all of these are met, then the applicationis approved.

You must have a return ticket

eb-1 visa requirements

There is no way to work in Canada without a visa. This includes working while you are a student here! Even if your plan is to only study, there’s still an immigration requirement for students.

You cannot come to Canada as a non-permanent resident unless you have been given permission to remain here by another country that accepts Canadian citizenship. This is called ‘working holiday visa’ or ‘tourist visa’ depending on which country you’re coming from.

So, what kind of visa do most people need to live and work in Canada? The canadian working visa known as the EI requires proof that you will make enough money to support yourself and your family while you’re in Canada.

This article contains all the information you need to know about how to prove adequate financial security in the context of Student visas.

How do I apply for an EB-1 visa?

eb-1 visa requirements

An employment based immigrant (EB) classification requires you to prove two things to be considered for approval of the petition. First, your employer must exist and have enough money to support yourself while living in the United States. Second, your job must require at least a bachelor’s degree or higher and typically requiring 2 years in the field.

With that said, employers can actively recruit outside their organization to find suitable candidates. They are not obligated to offer positions to internal employees only!

It is important to note that even if you already work in America, you may still need an E2 working visa to enter and live in the country. This depends on whether your current position qualifies you for one and what kind of business person you are. We cannot discuss this topic in more detail without getting into very specific regulations, so please speak with a lawyer about this.

Tips for applying for an EB-1 visa

eb-1 visa requirements

Now that you are ready to apply for your EB-1 visa, here are some tips to make sure you are prepared!

It is very important to be well prepared when you apply for your visa. You do not want to have to start from scratch due to lack of preparation.

Make sure to check out our article about how to prepare for your trip before traveling so this information can be second nature to you.

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