How to Immigrate to USA Without Sponsorship or a Job Offer

Basically, to immigrate to the United States, you need to either marry a U.S. citizen, win the DV lottery green card, or get a sponsorship from an employer.

However, there is a little-known non-immigration method to the United States that allows you to move to the United States and relocate/immigrate without a job offer, visa sponsorship, or employment contract. This is called the EB-1 visa for aliens of extraordinary ability.

What is the EB-1 Visa?

The EB-1 visa is a green card category for aliens who have demonstrated extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.

The EB-1 visa is a highly competitive category, but it is one of the few green card categories that does not require a job offer or visa sponsorship.

Who Qualifies for the EB-1 Visa?

To qualify for the EB-1 visa, you must meet at least three of the following ten criteria:

  1. Receipt of major nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards
  2. Membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievements of their members
  3. Published material about you in professional or major trade publications or other major media
  4. Evidence that you have been asked to judge the work of others either individually or on a panel
  5. Evidence of original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field
  6. Authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media
  7. Artistic exhibitions or showcases
  8. Performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations
  9. Command of a high salary or other significantly higher remuneration in relation to others in your field
  10. Commercial successes in the performing arts

How to Apply for the EB-1 Visa

To apply for the EB-1 visa, you must file Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker. The filing fee is $700. You can pay the fee with a money order, personal check, cashier’s check, or credit card.

Processing Time

With premium processing, USCIS is required to adjudicate a case within 15 days of receiving the petition.

Immigrating with Your Family

If your I-140 petition is approved, your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may be eligible to apply for admission to the United States in E-14 or E-15 immigration status, respectively.

Conclusion

The EB-1 visa is a great option for individuals who want to immigrate to the United States without a job offer or visa sponsorship.

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