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EB1 Extraordinary Ability Examples for Green Card Approval

Updated: Jul 3, 2023

EB-1 extraordinary ability examples that will help strengthen your resume and boost your chances of EB1 green card approval.

# Become a Reviewer in the Journal

To enhance your credentials consider becoming a reviewer in a reputed journal. A minimum of 20 reviews completed would be advantageous for your case. The more the better.

How to become a reviewer?

Mostly you need to have a Ph.D. degree before you start reviewing manuscripts. A Ph.D. will show your knowledge and skills in a particular field. Then you can email the journal editor you are interested in and offer them that you would like to volunteer as a reviewer. Mainly the editors will start sending you manuscripts to review by enrolling your email ID to their journals.

# Become an Editor or Guest Editor

To become a guest editor you need to identify potential journals in your field of expertise that publishes content related to your research. Then you must contact the journal's editorial team and express your interest in serving as a guest editor.

You need to provide your updated CV with your current affiliation. If the editorial team is interested in you they might ask you to submit a proposal for a special issue. Once your proposal is accepted you will be responsible for soliciting and reviewing submissions from potential contributors.

You might also need to invite people to submit your special issue. Finally, you need to edit and curate the content of the special issue and also help with the publication process.

Becoming an editor might be tough since you need to have an advanced degree and good relevant experience in related fields of research, including writing, publishing, or editing. Having said that it is not impossible you can look for editorial positions and apply patiently. If this is your first time becoming an editor you can start with low-impact factor journals and then slowly look for higher-impact factor journals.

# Improving Citation Index

Having a good google scholar citation index is very helpful for the green card process since it refelts your work's national and internal recognition. You can wait for your citation to improve over time, or if it is already good then that's a heads up.

A good google scholar citation is ideally more than 100 but if you have less something around that, it will also work. Having a google scholar citation of less than 50 is a red flag but I have seen people getting green cards even with that low citation index, so everything at the end relies on the officer.

Also, what matters is your field of research because in some fields like engineering it is extremely tough to have very good citations while in other fields you can have more than 100 citations easily, so officers know this thing as well.

Also, self-citation is not helpful since you need to show that your work has been cited by others from different countries. If someone has cited your paper in the methodology section then that is a big thing since they are using your methods rather than just having an introduction citation. One needs to work on their citation carefully.

# Applying for Reputed Grants

Having your own grants/funding also counts and it will definitely help strengthen your case, but if you don't have one, it's okay. I didn't have any reputed grants when I applied for a green card under the EB1 category.

# Patents (Implementation Counts)

Patents will also help to showcase your work's significance. But keep in mind that the implementation of your patent work counts since anyone can patent a new thing. But as long as people are using it that will show the use of patent.

# How many publications for EB1

There is no set number of publications required for the EB1 green card category. One way to demonstrate extraordinary ability is through publications, but it is not the only way.

That being said, many successful EB-1 applicants have a significant record of publications, as this is one way to demonstrate their expertise and contributions to their field. However, the number of publications required will vary depending on the individual's specific field and the standards of excellence in that field. I have seen people getting EB1a approval even with 5 publications and with 50+ publications as well, so it depends on their field and the impact factor of publication.


There are several other ways but most of the people who get green cards (including me) had the following things.

a) Citation index (500+)

b) Reviewer in journals (20+)

c) Guest editor/editors

Hopefully, you find this blog helpful. If you have any questions please feel free to comment below. I will be happy to help. Please note that I am not a lawyer, but I am sharing my experience might help you improvise your case for green card approval. Good luck!

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4 commentaires

Eswar P
Eswar P
08 nov. 2023

Hi Hina,

Thank you for your suggestions. I have a few questions if you don't mind. Could you please provide the answers?

Did you apply in the EB1 category? Which are the three categories you have chosen? Did you apply for self-petition or through a lawyer?

When you say "Reviewer in journal 20+," does it mean we need to review 20+ journals or is reviewing 20 papers in 2 or 3 journals enough?

Thank you!

Hina Singh
Hina Singh
18 déc. 2023
En réponse à

Hi Eswar,

  1. I applied in EB1a category through a lawyer. My credentials were:

a) Reviewer

b) Editor

c) Published paper (including co authors): 40+; Citation index: 1200+

2. The total number of reviewed research papers were 20+

Thank you,



Neelam Sharma
Neelam Sharma
05 mai 2023

Hi Hina,

Thanks for sharing this. According to you how many publications are good to initiate the EB1?

Hina Singh
Hina Singh
09 mai 2023
En réponse à

I'm grateful that you asked this question, which will benefit others as well. I have added it to the article now.


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