USCIS Clarifies Guidance for EB-1 Eligibility

September 14, 2023

Last Updated on September 18, 2023

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued policy guidance clarifying the evidence it uses to determine eligibility for extraordinary ability (E11) and outstanding professor or researcher (E12) EB-1 immigrant visa classifications.  

The updated guidance gives examples of evidence that can be used to satisfy relevant evidentiary criteria or qualify as comparable evidence. The guidance also has considerations for evaluating comparable evidence, with a primary focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.  

The new guidance is published in the USCIS Policy Manual. It is designed to provide more transparency and clarity for petitioners, along with helping them establish eligibility.  

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