Learn the Differences Between EB-1 and EB-2 Visas

The main difference between EB-1 and EB-2 visas lies in the beneficiary category and eligibility criteria:

  1. EB-1 (Workers with Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors and Researchers, Multinational Executives and Managers):

– Intended for individuals with extraordinary abilities in science, art, education, business, or athletics; outstanding professors and researchers; and executives and managers of multinational companies.

  1. EB-2 (Advanced Degree Holders, Exceptional Ability Professionals):

– Intended for professionals with advanced degrees (master’s or higher) or exceptional experience in their fields. It may also include individuals with exceptional abilities in their areas, but who do not meet the EB-1 criteria.

EB-1 is focused on highly distinguished professionals in their fields, while EB-2 is broader, encompassing those with advanced degrees and exceptional skills.

Example EB-1 (Individuals with Extraordinary Ability Category):

Imagine an internationally renowned scientist whose innovative contributions have transformed their research field. This scientist may qualify for EB-1 due to their extraordinary abilities in science.

Example EB-2 (Advanced Degree Holders or Professionals with Exceptional Ability Category):

Now, consider a professional with a Ph.D. in engineering who has developed advanced technologies and made significant contributions to the industry. This individual could fall under EB-2 due to their advanced degree and exceptional expertise in the field.

Questions and answers to aid understanding:

  1. Question: What is the nature of your professional contributions?

– Answer EB-1: I have achieved international recognition in my field, receiving prestigious awards or being cited in reputable publications.
– Answer EB-2: I hold a Ph.D. or equivalent, and my work has a significant impact, although it may not be globally recognized.

  1. Question: How would you describe your professional skills?

– Answer EB-1: My skills are extraordinary, going beyond what is common in my field.
– Answer EB-2: I have exceptional skills or an advanced degree, standing out in my profession.

  1. Question: Have your professional achievements been widely recognized?

– Answer EB-1: Yes, I have received prestigious awards and am recognized as a leader in my field.
– Answer EB-2: My contributions have been significant but may not have achieved global recognition yet.

These questions and answers can help differentiate candidates who fit better into EB-1 from those who fit into EB-2, considering the nature and scope of their professional achievements. If you fit into any of these profiles, contact us now; Alexandre Law Firm is available to guide you through this exceptional process.