US immigration law does not require a sponsor employer if you apply for an EB-1 visa under the noncitizen “of extraordinary ability” category.
The burden to prove the “extraordinary ability” lies on the petitioner, and it is rather bothersome to find the proper criteria for yourself.
One such criterion is “Evidence of your authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media.
In simple words, scholarly articles are written by an expert in a field, and other experts can use the articles to further their understanding in that field.
There are some “soft” journals where you can get your article published without much scrutinization, and USCIS knows this. That is why having your article reviewed by qualified and respected peers in your subject area becomes a must to satisfy the criterion requirements.
Citation of your article by other scholar
Citation of your article by other scholars
The USCIS officials continuously scrutinize applications over the meaning of this regulation. As an applicant, you should be aware of the elements of this regulation and how you can put more weight on your evidence to satisfy the evaluating officer about your “extraordinary ability.”