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How to Explain My Significance of
Accomplishments for EB1 Extraordinary Ability Application?

Hi William,

I recently got an RFE from USCIS for my EB1 Extraordinary Ability Green Card application, asking for the explanation of my "Significance of Accomplishments".  I have some awards, grant funding, and experience of judging the work of others. How could I explain my significance of accomplishments for RFE of EB1 Extraordinary Ability application?


In preparation for a case or in response to an RFE of EB1 Extraordinary Ability, it is vital to explain the significance of all the evidence, no matter how obvious the accomplishment may seem. For example, if you enclose evidence of having received a particularly well-respected honor, you should still explain its prestige as it satisfied the awards criterion. Awards should be accompanied by proof of the level of selectivity they represent and the recognition they embody.

Similarly, the selection process is important when addressing other qualifications such as grant funding and experience judging the work of others. The USCIS is more likely to agree that a particular aspect of the petitioner's qualifications and experience is beyond others in the field when those achievements were preceded by a rigorous selection process.

For example, applicant can provide adequate evidence that the lesser nationally or international prize holds prestige. The evidence submitted should contain a description of the prize or award, and the selection criteria for recipients and the number of people nominated for such award or prize. The applicant should also address if the award was earned as part of a team or individually.

Also, you can provide published material about the applicant in professional or trade publications or other major media publications in the applicant’s field. The evidence submitted should include the title, date, and author of the publication. If the material appeared in a foreign language publication, it must be translated. Evidence that would meet this criteria include journal articles or major newspaper publications describing the applicant or her work. The publication must be widely recognized on a national or international level.

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