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The Long and Emotionally Exhausting Process of Getting Approved for a US Permanent Resident Green Card.

By Jason Chatfield

So, how does one acquire a Green Card?

Short answer? It’s not easy. Get an attorney. Be organised. Get ready for an emotional rollercoaster.

Long answer?

In 2014, I moved from Australia to live and work in the US on an EB-1 Green Card. It makes me a permanent resident of the United States and is incredibly hard to get. I’m very lucky to have got it and it makes me insanely grateful to be here.

Eligibility Criteria

Extraordinary Ability

You must be able to demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim. Your achievements must be recognized in your field through extensive documentation. No offer of employment is required.

  • Evidence of your membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members.
  • Evidence of published material about you in professional or major trade publications or other major media.
  • Evidence that you have been asked to judge the work of others, either individually or on a panel.
  • Evidence of your original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field.
  • Evidence of your authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media.
  • Evidence that your work has been displayed at artistic exhibitions or showcases.
  • Evidence of your performance of a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations.
  • Evidence that you command a high salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field.
  • Evidence of your commercial successes in the performing arts.

New York-based Australian Comedian & Cartoonist for the New Yorker. Obsessed with Productivity Hacks, the Creative Process, and the Oxford Comma.

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