EB-1 visas comprise the first-preference group of employment-based immigration petitions. These visas are reserved for intending immigrants who are among the most capable and accomplished in their professional fields within the arts, sciences, education, business, and sports.

The most notable advantage for those who qualify for an EB-1 petition is the lack of requirement of a labor certification requirement. Another incentive to the EB-1 category is that visa numbers are almost always current, which means that an alien will not have to wait for visa numbers to become available before applying for adjustment of status (via Form I-485) and receiving a green card.

EB-1 visa are divided into three subgroups:

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