Friday, July 6, 2012

Does a Playmate Have Extraordinary Ability?

If you want to be a U.S. citizen, one of the quickest ways to do it is to convince the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) that you have extraordinary ability, are an outstanding professor or researcher, or are a multinational manager or executive. Since it is presumed that people who fit in these classes can make a positive impact on our national economy, there is no waiting time for issuance of these visas known as EB-1. These are the first preference employment based immigration visas.  This means that if you are awarded this visa, you can enter the U.S. as an immigrant and immediately qualify for a green card which can lead to naturalization.

The EB-1 visa has traditionally been thought of as the visa for Nobel prize winners. But, you really do not need that prize to qualify.

But, before you consider applying for an EB-1 because you have extraordinary ability as a world champion hot dog eater, know that the ability must be in science, arts, education, business, or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim. I doubt the hot dog champion qualifies, but it may be worth trying.

Recently, some people have been creative with their EB-1 applications and have succeeded in convincing the USCIS of their extraordinary ability.  According to a recent Reuters column, Shera Bechard, a Canadian born Playboy magazine Miss November 2010, started an online photo-sharing rage called “Frisky Friday”.  Her work enables attractive, scantily clad women, to post pictures of themselves on Fridays, with Playboy selecting a weekly winner.  This successful venture plus her “modeling” work with Playboy and some acting work was sufficient to persuade the USCIS that Ms. Bechard qualified as person deserving of the EB-1.

The EB-1 is not necessarily for the genius. It can be a path to citizenship for anyone who has risen to the top of their field of endeavor and sustained national or international acclaim.  In some instances, the EB-1 can be awarded to someone who cannot qualify for the more popular, and limited, HB-1.

If you are interested in immigrating to the U.S., call the immigration lawyers at Tucker & Ludin law firm at 727-572-5000 or contact us through our website at

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