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Explaining the Significance of Accomplishments for RFE of 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?


USCIS has been issuing more RFE (Request for Further Evidence) for Petitioners of EB-1A alien of extraordinary ability status. The USCIS Immigration Service Officers issue an RFE when they see an EB-1A petition is deficient in evidentiary support. An RFE usually means that additional evidence is needed to help support and clarify existing documents presented in the EB-1 petition.

We know that USCIS does not only look at the evidence quantitatively, but qualitatively. 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.

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