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EB-1 for Physicians

Extraordinary Ability Visas for Doctors

EB-1 for Physicians

EB-1 is an immigrant visa category for people with extraordinary abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business sector, or athletics. An employment-based green card is the best option for foreign medical professionals interested in living permanently in the US. An EB-1 green card for doctors allows foreign medical professionals to live permanently and work in their field in the US.

Learn how to qualify and apply for an EB-1 visa for physicians.

Applying For an EB-1 Visa in the US

You can apply for an EB-1 visa from within or outside the United States. Generally, most applicants for an EB-1 visa are already temporarily working in the United States, like on an H-1B visa. However, applying for an EB-1 visa outside the United States is possible.

Obtaining an EB-1 visa for physicians can be challenging. Working with an EB-1 visa attorney who takes a tailored approach to your unique situation can help. We’re here to help you get an EB-1 immigrant visa.

The Criteria for an EB-1 Visa for Physicians

To qualify for an EB-1 visa, you must be able to demonstrate extraordinary ability in your field. This means you must be recognized as one of the best in your field and have a record of significant contributions to the field of medicine. You will also need proof of any licenses or certifications you hold. You do not need to have a job offer to qualify for an EB-1 visa.

There are several ways to demonstrate extraordinary ability, including awards, publications, evidence of unique contributions, media coverage, and letters of recommendation from experts in your field.

You will need to meet one or more of the following criteria.

You have won a prestigious international award like a Nobel Prize or a Pulitzer Prize.

  • Have published articles in major medical journals.
  • Are a member of an organization or association having highly selective criteria.
  • Have served as a leader or held a critical role for highly reputable organizations, medical conferences or events.
  • Made unique and significant contributions to the medical field.
  • Have served as a judge or reviewer for major medical conferences or journals.
  • Receive high compensation compared to others in your field. 
  • Received media coverage

Click here to learn more about the criteria for demonstrating extraordinary ability. It is important to note that meeting these criteria does not guarantee that you will be approved for an EB-1 visa. It is one step of a two step process.  Once three criteria have been met, the second step will be a comprehensive review of the evidence as a whole to determine if it shows you are in the top of your field.

How to Apply For an EB-1 Visa as a Doctor

You must follow the same general process as any other applicant for an EB-1 visa. Alagiri Immigration Law will help you obtain, process, and submit your application.

The application process for an EB-1 visa includes the following steps:

Eligibility: You must prove you meet the criteria for an EB-1 visa. 

Supporting Documentation: Applicants should submit supporting documentation like awards, publications, medical licenses, certifications, media coverage, or letters of recommendation. 

Petition: You must file a petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) using Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. This form should be accompanied by the supporting documentation you have gathered. 

Decision: Once the USCIS has received your petition, you will need to wait for a decision. This review processing time is currently 20-22 months.  

Approval: If your petition is approved, you will need to complete the consular processing phase if you are currently outside the US. This involves an interview at a US embassy or consulate near you. You have to make an appointment where you’ll be asked questions about your EB-1A application. 

This process can also take several months. In addition, you will also need to pay a visa application fee.

How Long Will it Take to Get My EB-1 as a Doctor?

The processing time for EB-1A visas currently is 20-22 months.  

You can use the USCIS processing time tool to view the most up-to-date processing times. Some applicants may choose to additionally file the Form I-485 if they’re in the United States. This is the “Adjustment of Status Application” and is your official green card application. You can expect filing an I-485 to take an additional 10+ months currently.

Premium Processing

If you’re interested in expediting your EB-1 visa application, you can pay the USCIS an additional $2,500 fee for premium processing. The USCIS will process your I-140 petition in 15 calendar days. The premium process fee is solely to speed up your application process. It does not improve your chances of being approved.

The Alagiri Immigration Law Firm Can Help You Get an EB-1 Visa as a Physician

If you are interested in applying for an EB-1 visa as a physician, it’s recommended to seek the advice of an immigration attorney to ensure you have the necessary documentation and to assist with the application process.

The Alagiri Immigration Law Firm has extensive experience handling EB-1 cases. We will help you avoid costly, time-consuming, and unnecessary issues while obtaining your EB-1 visa. Please get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation.

EB-1 for Physicians

  • Purpose An EB-1 green card for doctors allows foreign medical professionals to live permanently and work in their field in the US.
  • Timeline The processing time for EB-1A visas currently is 20-22 months.



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    EB-1A Visa Masterclass:

    By Priya Alagiri, ESQ. Founder, The Alagiri Immigration Law Firm

    Friday, February 10, 2023, 12 PM, PST on ZOOM

    Join me for Part 2 of my EB-1A “Extraordinary Ability” Visa Masterclass! I will discuss the second step of the two-step analysis that USCIS conducts prior to approving an EB-1A application, called the “final merits determination.”