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The Power of “And”:

How a Simple Conjunction Can Make or Break Your EB-1A Visa Application

How One Word Can Lead to a Request for Evidence

The English language is full of words that, despite their simplicity, can have significant implications. One such word is the seemingly innocuous conjunction “and” in the context of EB-1A visa applications. This simple word can have far-reaching consequences. 

The EB-1A Visa and Its Requirements

The EB-1A visa is a preference category for United States employment-based permanent residency. It is intended for non-citizens with “extraordinary ability” in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. The key phrase here is “extraordinary ability”. This is defined as a level of expertise indicating that the individual is one of a small percentage who has risen to the very top of their field.

The Role of “And” in Defining Your Field

When defining your field of expertise in your EB-1A application, the word “and” plays a crucial role. If you state that your field is “Computer Science and Mathematics,” for instance, USCIS may conclude that you are claiming extraordinary ability in two fields. USCIS will then expect you to demonstrate that you are at the small percentage at the top of both fields. This means providing evidence of sustained national or international acclaim in both Computer Science and Mathematics.

Choose your Words Carefully

The EB-1A visa application process is rigorous and demands a high level of proof. Every word in your application can weigh in on the USCIS’s decision. Therefore, it’s crucial to be precise in your language use.

Remember, the word “and” can broaden the scope of your claimed expertise, thereby increasing the amount of evidence needed. Rather than trying to substantiate your claims in multiple fields, it is wiser to stick to one field where your extraordinary ability is most evident.

In the end, the power of “and” in your EB-1A application underscores the importance of careful and strategic wording. After all, your future in the United States could hinge on a simple conjunction.

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