To Get Green Cards, These Immigrants Must Prove They Are Extraordinary

To Get Green Cards, These Immigrants Must Prove They Are Extraordinary

"One is a federal scientist with a Harvard pedigree and a body of ground-breaking research. The other is a burlesque performer with the looks of Rita Hayworth and a ground-shaking shimmy.  Both women have been deemed “aliens of extraordinary ability” by Uncle Sam -- an elite cadre of immigrants who earn green cards, and a path to citizenship, by proving they are tops in their field.  While the "extraordinary ability" route can be one of the fastest, persuading a faceless bureaucrat they deserve permanent residency can be a frustrating, expensive, even humbling experience for high achievers who may already be household names in their homelands." - Tracy Connor, NBC News, Apr. 12, 2013.