The I-140 petition package is the file you must mail to USCIS so they take your application into consideration. This EB-1A package includes the I-140 form but it covers much more than that. In this article we will discuss the different parts of the I-140 petition so you can prepare your own do-it-yourself EB-1A application.
List of Documents included in EB-A I-140 package
Below is a list of the documents you may want to include in your petition package. Section A comes from the USCIS guidelines (check their up-to-date instructions here). Section B is the cover letter, which we discussed in detail on a different blog post.
Forms and Fees for EB1A
You can find the forms in the official source from the respective government agency. For example, form I-140 can be found in the USCIS website and form ETA-9089 can be retrieved from the Department of Labor website, although you must include it in the I-140 package and you should not mail it to Labor.
You can consult the total amount of money you need to pay in Fees in the I-140 form website from USCIS. It currently costs $700 but it is expected to increase in the near future. You will also find information on payment methods (spoiler alert: you cannot use cash!).
Cover Letter for EB-1A
The cover letter is the central document in which you explain how you fulfill the requirements for this green card category. I already described the contents of the cover letter in a separate blog post, so you can just click on this link and read that article.
List of Exhibits
The Exhibits are the attachments to the I-140 petition cover letter. In the letter, you refer to your accomplishments but these must be established by providing evidence. This evidence will come in the form of documents such as university diplomas, copies of publications, recommendation letters, etc.
Use of cover pages to organize the package
The EB1A petition package can be quite lengthy and you want to make the USCIS officer’s life as easy as possible. Using cover pages to separate the different sections of you package can be helpful to provide more clarity to the government official. This is some information that the cover pages can include:
- Petitioner name
- “Petition EB-1A, Alien of Extraordinary Ability, INA §203(b)(1)(A)”
- Description of what is below each cover, for example “Exhibit 2: Curriculum Vitae”.
You can make your own decision when it comes to deciding how many cover pages you should have. You may add them only between each big section or include them also between sub-sections. There are no guidelines on this, it is all about creating a document that is easy to read and follow.
If you want to see how I do it, you may download my sample EB-1A petition package!
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How to assemble the EB1 petition package
The USCIS website has a few guidelines and tips on how to prepare a big paper-based petition like this one. My recommendation is to find a big surface at home, like a big table or even the floor, and print all the documents to start assembling the petition.
Place the documents of each section beneath the cover page for that section.
Scan the final copy for your records
USCIS does not return petitions after their review, so I encourage you to scan your full petition package before mailing it. That way, you will retain a soft copy for your records so you can later better prepare for the Adjustment of Status or Consular interview, or in the event you receive a Request for Evidence (RFE).
Bind the pages using a 2-prong fastener
Most I-140 petitions for EB1A green card are really long, exceeding 100 pages. You cannot use paper clips (unless you want to lose half of the pages!). A very popular solution, that even USCIS recommends, is to use a 2-hope punch on the top of the pages, and secure them all using a prong fastener. These can be found in your local office store or bigger shopping centers such as Office Depot or Amazon.
Sticky notes for easy access to I-140 sections
USCIS also expects you to place sticky notes on the bottom of the EB1 petition package, marking the beginning of each section. That way, the officer will access the information they need in a record time. The picture below is an example of how an I-140 application is put together.
The I-140 package for EB-1A is a long file that includes multiple documents. The cover letter is the central piece, where all the arguments are made, and the evidence is provided as exhibits. The final application package should be assembled using 2-hole punch and fasteners, and sticky notes can be used to facilitate the job of the USCIS officer.