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G-4 to Green Card: EB-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability

Here in Washington, DC, we often meet potential clients who hold G-4 visas who, after years here in the U.S., are interested in transitioning to lawful permanent residence. One way we recommend obtaining their Green Cards is through a self-petition as an EB-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability.

The G-4 Nonimmigrant Visa is held by Employees of NATO and other International Organizations, such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Often these individuals represent the best and brightest in the world, holding advanced degrees in everything from engineering to finance to international development. Through their work with these organizations they oversee massive projects, develop significant research, and contribute to critical global relations. For this reason, they may qualify as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability.

While the EB-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability is often referred to as the "Einstein Visa," it is often more attainable than clients realize. To qualify, an individual must demonstrate that they have reached "a level of expertise indicating the individual is one of a small percentage who have risen to the very top of a particular field in sciences, arts, education, business, and athletics." This is shown through evidence supporting at least 3/10 criteria including: past prizes and awards, membership in professional organizations, publications, judgment of others, original contributions, and critical roles in distinguished organizations. The focus in these cases is both on the individual's achievements, as well as their particular fields of expertise.

For many G-4 visa holders, they specialize in very particular fields and are often elevated amongst their peers due to their connections to some of the largest, most well-respected international organizations in the world. This perfectly aligns with the aim of the EB-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability visa.

At Chong Immigration Law PLLC, we have helped many individuals through the EB-1 visa process. One of the main advantages of this visa is that an individual can self-petition, meaning they do not need an employer to sponsor their case. Examples of our past clients include a Nigerian international trade specialist who focused on Sub-Saharan African trade with the U.S., as well as a Syrian chemical engineer who assisted in designing and developing major petrochemical infrastructure projects throughout the Middle East.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can transition from a G-4 Nonimmigrant Visa to a Green Card as an EB-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability please feel free to contact us for a consultation.

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