This is a self-petitioning permanent (green card) classification. You can apply to get a green card without an employment offer or labor certification if you can prove that you have obtained a major international prize such as a Nobel Prize or an Academy Award.
Absent a major award you must show that at least three of the following 10 criteria are met
- Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards;
- Membership in associations in the foreign national’s field of expertise that require outstanding achievements of their members;
- Published material about the foreign national in professional or major trade publications or other major media;
- Participation, either individually or on a panel, as a judge of the work of others in the foreign national’s field;
- Original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance in the foreign national’s field;
- Authorship of scholarly articles in the foreign national’s field, in professional or major trade publications or other major media;
- Display of the foreign national’s work at artistic exhibitions or showcases;
- A leading or critical role for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation;
- Command of a high salary or other significantly high remuneration for services, in relation to others in the field; or
- Commercial successes in the performing arts, as shown by box office receipts or record, cassette, compact disk, or video sales.
If these criteria do not apply to the foreign national’s field, the foreign national may submit comparable evidence