This criteria is met if applicant has or will earn a high salary in their field. This law has (2) main parts.
II. Meeting the Criteria
When deciding whether an applicant meets this criteria, it’s important to consider the following information for the highest salaries or payments they have received for work in their field
This tangible information matches up with the actual law in the following way.
This category proves match-up (1), applicants has made or will make a high salary.
USCIS wants to see it’s at least in your recent history. It goes to the overall criteria of being “at the top of your field” if it was recent. The longer the better.
Put the dates in the application.
Made 30,000 in one week ten years ago = not good.
Made 30,000 a week for 5 years = good.
Law This category proves match-up (2), applicants has made a high salary.
USCIS wants to see that you are well compensated for your field, people that get paid more than the average worker in their field.
You can get the average income of a job title from the Department of Labor website. Then you compare to your income, past or future, and if there is a “substantial” difference, then you have a good claim.
If most makeup artist makes $ 30,000 a year, and you make $ 35,000 a year, this is not a high salary. However, if you are a makeup artist making $ 100,000 a year, that would be a high salary, which if you were a CEO making that amount, it would not be.
This category proves match-up (3), applicants has made a high salary in their field.
wants to see that you have a history of a high salary, or future, for the exact job you are applying for. If you are saying that you will earn a high salary, that’s easy. However, if the proof is that you have earned a high salary in the past, ideally the job title of your past job is the same as your future.
USCIS will accept affiliated or related jobs, but they aren’t as powerful. If they aren’t related or similar, then it won’t count.
If your job title is the same, simply list your job title, and some of your duties. If your job title is different, depending on how different it is, you need to prove that the jobs are very similarly related. The best way is to use the Department of Labor as a source showing they are similar, and then comparing the job duties.
You are applying to be a dancer. You made a high salary as a dancer = great.
You made a high salary as a choreography = okay.
You made a high salary as a construction worker = completely irrelevant, don’t use.
This criteria is a level 4 difficulty. Most people who get O-1B Visas do not meet this criteria.
When you think that you only have to prove you make a lot compared to the average in your field, however, it becomes a little easier.