Eb-1 Visa

Membership in Association

We are back with another criterion in the EB-1 (alien of extraordinary ability) series.

What is an alien’s membership in associations in the field for which classification is sought? 

USCIS recognizes this criterion for demonstrating an alien’s extraordinary ability in the field for which classification is sought. But why so?

What membership in associations in the field for which classification is sought does not satisfy this criterion? 

It is to be noted that basic membership in associations does not satisfy the criterion requirements. The membership must be based on outstanding achievements or recognition as an essential condition to become an association member. 

Does the reputation of the association in which I am a member matter to satisfy the criterion requirements? 

The overall reputation of an association is immaterial. The issue here is membership requirements, not the association’s total reputation. Therefore, you do not have to worry if the association you are a member of is not recognized on a larger scale.

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Should the association be related to my field of endeavor? 

How can I satisfy the criterion requirements? 

If you are some recognized and expert individual in your field of endeavor, and you are invited to join an association based on your talent, you have partially fulfilled the criterion requirements. All you have to do is provide evidence of the same in support of your application for an EB-1 visa (alien of extraordinary ability).