Affidavit of Support/Employment Letter for EB-1a

Asked almost 5 years ago - Chicago, IL

My friend has filed an EB-1a petition. He is currently in OPT status, and is planning to be self-employed. Is an EB-1(a) applicant in the category of athlete required to provide an Affidavit of Support/Employment Letter when filing I-485?

Additional information

The application was filed through self-petition. He has a I-140 pending.

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Jeffrey Adam Devore

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . A self petitioning alien is not required to provide an affidavit of support. However, the alien must provide proof that he is going to continue in his field of endeavour and be able to sustain themselves from that endeavour. Thus, if your friend is an alien of extraordinary ability in athletics then he will need to provide evidence of how his skills will allow him to earn money to support himself.

  2. Nikiki Tavia Bogle

    Contributor Level 12

    Answered . Your friend needs to consult with an immigration lawyer in person or on the phone to assess the best options relating to the EB-1a Petition.

    In order to answer this question, I would need to know answers to a number of questions including whether your friend applied through an employer or self-petition. Did your friend use a immigration lawyer to file his petition?

    Generally, if your friend filed the EB-1 through an employer, then he would need an Employment Letter.

    Please contact our law firm for a consultation to evaluate how move forward.

    Good luck to your friend!

    Nikiki T. Bogle, Esq.
    Immigration Lawyer
    Phone: (800) 342-1733 ext. 101

  3. Shah Iqbal Nawaaz Peerally

    Contributor Level 19

    Answered . Most employment based immigration do not require an affidavit of support (unless exceptions). Please talk to a good immigration lawyer that has handled EB1 cases for more information. Check the memo attached on affidavit of support from USCIS

    Good Luck
    Shah Peerally
    Note: The above is provided for informational use only. One should not act or refrain to act based solely on the information provided. No attorney client relationship is created unless a retainer is signed by the attorney and the client.

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