What is an EB1A Visa and Who Qualifies?
An EB1A is an immigrant visa in the EB1 category that is reserved for foreign workers of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics. There is only one criteria, which is to establish “sustained national or international acclaim.”
The standard for EB1A is high, and reserved for those who have proven to be amongst to top few percent in their field. Immigration laws have set out specific criteria to allow the foreign worker to prove “sustained national or international acclaim.” The easiest way to prove eligibility is to show that you possess a major international award of renowned repute. Most people do not possess such an award, and may establish eligibility by providing at least three out of a group of several acceptable pieces of evidence including: proof of lesser national or international prizes of excellence, published material of your excellence in major publications, evidence of commanding exceptionally high compensation, etc.
You do not need a job offer, but you should demonstrate that you are seeking to enter the US to work and substantially benefit the US.