Extraordinary ability in the “sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics”
Foreign nationals who qualify for one of these immigrant visa categories can obtain permanent residency without having to go through the labor certification process. A foreign national in the extraordinary category may self-petition, since a job offer is not required. A foreign national who qualifies for O-1 non-immigrant classification is generally considered “extraordinary” for purposes of permanent residency in this category. A foreign national who qualifies for L-1A non-immigrant classification generally qualifies for permanent residency in the multinational executive and manager category.