Many busy professionals receive invitations to judge professional events or competitions related to their field of expertise. These invitations usually go unanswered due to time constraints. However, if you are trying to qualify for the EB1a extraordinary ability category through this criterion, you may want to pay more attention to these offers and provide concrete evidence of your participation as a judge. USCIS officers examining your application will be evaluating the quality of the event you judged and how significant it is within your field of specialization. In order to satisfy this criterion, you should provide details about the event or competition, name of other judges, and the value it has in your field.
The eb1a judging criteria also require you to have participated in judging the work of others in your field of specialty. USCIS has updated the Policy Manual to indicate that judging the work of other professionals for academic journals and conferences should meet this criterion as long as there is a record of you participating in these activities. In addition, judging Ph.D dissertations or government research funding programs should meet this criterion as well if you have provided a record of your participation in these events.
Meeting the Standards: A Deep Dive into EB-1A Visa Judging Criteria
Many people believe that they need to have a one-time achievement like winning a Nobel Prize or Grammy Award to satisfy this criterion. However, you can satisfy this criterion with lesser awards that are nationally and internationally recognized in your field of expertise. The important thing is that the award must demonstrate your exceptional achievements in your field of specialization.