Post is worried about the future of the EB-1 green card for extraordinary
aliens. It’s the green card which allowed the likes of John Lennon and Albert
Einstein into the country, and is awarded to foreign-born VIPs wanting to live
and work in the US. Under the proposed immigration reform, the EB-1 could be
abolished, which would be a bad thing.
But there are two things to note, here, which the Washington Post doesn’t mention.
Firstly, although it’s true that some truly exceptional people do get the EB-1
green card every year, it’s also true that some really rather normal people
do as well. It’s one of those things which is largely self-selecting: if you’re
confident in your own abilities, and you have a good lawyer, then there’s a
good chance your EB-1 application will be successful even if you’re not "one
of a half-dozen people in this world who is up to the job of heading a division
of a multibillion-dollar behemoth," to use an example from the Post.
Secondly, as far as I can tell, even if the EB-1 program is abolished, the
O and P visas will not be. O and P visas are basically exactly the same as EB-1
green cards, except that they’re temporary rather than permanent. But they can
be renewed as many times as you like, so there’s really not a huge amount of
It would be sad were the EB-1 green card to be abolished, yes. But it really
wouldn’t be the end of the world.