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Criteria for EB1 Prizes or Awards with National or International Significance

Hi William:

As a researcher at a U.S. national research lab, I am preparing my Green Card application in the EB1 category. I am considering to claim the "prizes or awards" criterion, but not sure the if my awards, mostly graduate/post-doc level awards, can be considered by USCIS officers for national or international significance. Do you know what are the criteria used by USCIS for this issue?


To determine whether the alien applicant has received lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in the field of endeavor, the relevant USCIS considerations regarding whether the basis for granting the prizes or awards was excellence in the field include, but are not limited to:

  • The criteria used to grant the awards or prizes;
  • The national or international significance of the awards or prizes in the field; and
  • The number of awardees or prize recipients as well as any limitations on competitors. An award limited to competitors from a single institution, for example, may have little national or international significance

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