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EB-1A for Principal Engineers

Principal Engineer EB-1A

The EB-1A green card is the most esteemed employment-based green card available. The EB-1A category is reserved for individuals with extraordinary abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. 

Is a principal engineer eligible for an EB-1A green card? Yes, as long as you meet the required criteria for this category. Highly skilled engineering professionals worldwide may qualify for an EB-1A green card.


The Benefits of an EB-1A Green Card for Principal Engineers

This employment-based immigrant visa category offers several benefits to foreign nationals. Principal engineers who are highly skilled, have extensive experience and have made significant contributions to their field may be eligible.

Here are some of the benefits that an EB-1A Green Card can offer to principal engineers:

  1. Employment Flexibility: A principal engineer in the EB-1A visa category may work for any employer in the United States without needing an employment sponsor. 
  1. No Labor Certification: EB-1A candidates don’t need a labor certification from the United States Department of Labor, saving time and money during the application process. 
  1. High Priority: The EB-1A category is a priority category, meaning applications are processed faster than others. This can be especially beneficial for individuals who urgently need permanent residency.
  1. Permanent Residency: Principle engineers on an EB-1A green card can work and live permanently in the US. You may also apply for your spouse and unmarried children under 21 as dependents. Dependents receive green cards as well, so they also can work or study in the United States without any restrictions. 
  1. Naturalization: If you have an EB-1 green card for five years, you could be eligible to apply for US citizenship through naturalization.

The EB-1A category comes with plenty of advantages. However, this category is highly competitive. Working with an experienced immigration lawyer can help increase your chances of getting an EB-1 visa.

Do I Qualify for an EB-1A Green Card as a Principal Engineer?

The USCIS has unique “Eligibility Criteria” every applicant must meet to qualify for an EB-1A green card.

As a principal engineer, you must meet at least 3 of the following criteria listed below or supply evidence of a one-time achievement (internationally-recognized award), like a Pulitzer Prize.

  1. You have won lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence.
  2. You’re a member of an accredited association in your field that demands exceptional achievements from members.
  3. You can provide proof of published material about you in professional or well-known trade publications or other media outlets.
  4. You have been asked to judge the work of others in your field.
  5. You have made original contributions of major significance in your field.
  6. You have authored scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media.
  7. You hold (or have held) a leading or critical role in a distinguished organization. For example, you’re a founding engineer or a senior engineer.
  8. You command a high salary in relation to others in your field.

How to File for an EB-1A Visa as a Principal Engineer

Filing for an EB-1A visa can be complex. Here’s what you can expect. 

  • Complete and sign Form I-140
  • Pay the filing fee
  • Provide required evidence and supporting documentation

Learn more about the Form I-140 Petition.

Work With the Best EB-1A Green Card Lawyer

The Alagiri Immigration Law Firm is a leading San Mateo-based law firm specializing in immigration law. If you’re a principal engineer hoping to come to the US on an EB-1A green card, here’s how we can help.

  • Our experienced EB-1 green card lawyers will help formulate a plan based on your accomplishments and background.
  • Your immigration attorney will assist you with the documentation required for your application.
  • We assist in every step of the process with the USCIS.
  • We help give you the best chance at acquiring the EB-1A green card.


Call 650-383-4306 or click here to start your immigration journey today!

Principal Engineer EB-1A

  • Purpose Highly skilled engineering professionals worldwide may qualify for an EB-1A green card.



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