There are a number of privileges you receive while on an EB-1 immigrant visa including:
A. Decreased waiting times for priority dates
B. Ability to live and work in the U.S.
C. Ability to travel freely in or out of the U.S.
D. Option to apply for dependent visas for your spouse or unmarried children
It is important to note that these advantages also tend to come along with increased scrutiny for your case. To ensure that you have the best chance for approval in the fastest way possible, consult with your immigration attorney. Check for H1B Visa Process in UT Evaluators
If you do not qualify for an EB-1 green card, you may want to consider a lower preference level. While the waiting time might be longer, they still provide you with the ability to live, work, and travel in and out of the U.S. as well as apply for visas and green cards for family members.
For most green cards, the largest factor that determines the processing time is the priority date. Most green cards are subject to the priority date system, so it is important to be familiar with it before beginning your EB-1 journey.
Your EB-1 priority date is personal to your case and is the date that the USCIS receives your EB-1 petition. This date does not change and should be written down.
The Department of State releases a monthly visa bulletin listing the “final action dates” according to each green card and country of origin. The final action date moves from month to month according to how many people from each country apply for the same green card. Because there is an annual limit to each green card, the relative number of petitions will determine if the final action date goes forward, stands still, or retrogresses (moves backward).
For example, if the number of Indian petitions for the EB-1 is lower than the annual limit for China, then the final action date will move forward. If the number of petitions is equal to the limit, then the date will not move. If there are more petitions than the limit allows, then the final action date will retrogress. For H1B Visa Process Visit here
You need to monitor these bulletins to see how your priority date matches up to the final action date in your category. This can take anywhere from no time at all to upwards of 5 years. Applicants from countries with large populations such as China and India should expect a longer EB-1 priority date waiting time while other smaller countries may enjoy priority dates that are already current. If this is the case, then you will be able to move onto the next step as soon as your I-140 is current. Once the dates match or your EB-1 priority date passes the final action date, then a visa number will become available and you can move onto the next step of the EB-1 process.
It is important to note that there is no difference between the EB-1A, EB-1B, or EB-1C final action dates as the Department of State makes no distinction and gives one final action date for all EB-1 green cards.
Keep in mind that if your EB-1A or EB-1B priority date is current, then premium processing may be advantageous to you since these green cards allow for this option. Keep reading to learn more about how premium processing can speed up your EB-1 processing time.