The first subcategory is for those persons with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. The applicant must show that he or she has sustained national or international acclaim and is recognized in his or her field of expertise. This may be evidenced by a major achievement (i.e., a Nobel Prize, Olympic Medal, Pulitzer, Oscar) or by a combination of other criteria, such as major prizes or awards, published material about or by the applicant, evidence of commercial success, and so forth. It is intended for the very best in a given field.
This subcategory does not require a job offer. The applicant may therefore petition for oneself.