EB1 Category

The employment-based, first preference (EB1), or priority workers, category is reserved for persons of extraordinary ability (EB1(a)), outstanding professors and researchers (EB1(b)), and multinational executives and managers (EB1(c)). These three types of immigrant petitions are good alternative employment-based options when a regular PERM labor certification process is not possible or desirable. In addition, EA does not require a specific employment offer.

Persons of Extraordinary Ability

This category is intended “for small percentage of individuals who have risen to the very top of their field of endeavor.” The EA category does not require a specific offer of employment or the filing of a labor certification application with the U.S. Department of Labor so that the petition may be filed by the applicant on his or her own behalf.


  • All cases require the filing of a petition with the USCIS.
  • Most cases require a permanent offer of employment from a U.S. employer.
  • Self-sponsorship, based upon qualifications, is available in the EB1(a) (extraordinary ability) category.
  • No PERM labor is required.
  • All EB1 cases require that the foreign national complete the process with either an adjustment-of-status (AOS) or consular processing (CP) application.

How We Can Help You

  • The Murthy Law Firm offers assistance and advice in determining whether the applicant satisfies the criteria for any of the EB1 categories.
  • The Murthy Law Firm provides assistance with developing a winning strategy and preparing a petition that best fits a specific set of each individual client’s professional achievements and background.

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