A person may be eligible for an employment-based first preference visa if they have an extraordinary ability, are an outstanding professor or researcher, or are a multinational executive or manager.

The Extraordinary Ability EB-1 visa is granted to someone who is able to demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim. Your achievements must be recognized in your field through extensive documentation. No offer of employment is required.

An outstanding professor or researcher must demonstrate international recognition for their outstanding achievements in a particular academic field. One must have at least 3 years of experience in teaching or research in that academic area. One must be entering the United States in order to pursue tenure or tenure track teaching or comparable research position at a university or other institution of higher education.

Multinational Managers or Executives must have been employed outside the United States in the 3 years preceding the petition for at least 1 year by a firm or corporation and you must be seeking to enter the United States to continue service to that firm or organization. Your employment must have been outside the United States in a managerial or executive capacity and with the same employer, an affiliate, or a subsidiary of the employer.  The petitioning employer must be a U.S. employer who has been doing business for at least 1 year, as an affiliate, a subsidiary, or as the same corporation or other legal entity that employed you abroad.