- Received significant recognition for achievements from organizations, critics, government agencies or other recognized experts in the field in which the beneficiary is engaged, with the testimonials clearly indicating the author's authority, expertise and knowledge of the beneficiary's achievements
Below are top tips to writing good testimonials that will help you win your 0-1B case.
The regulations provide that the person writing the testimonial must be an expert in the field. Every good testimonial must include the bio of the expert in order to prove that he, or she has specific knowledge of the field. Newcomers to the field are not considered experts. Experts are those that have significant experience in the field, as evidenced by prior achievements, awards, press, and reviews.
2. Indicate how this expert knows of you and your work
Every testimonial should indicate how this expert knows of you, and your work. It is not necessary that the expert have a close, or working relationship with you. In fact, if the expert knows of your significant achievements due to your prominence in the field, it merely further highlights your high-level of distinction.
Every testimonial must indicate your significant achievements in your field of endeavor. It is not enough for the expert to state that your work is good, and you are a nice person. The testimonial must point to specific facts such as your prior work experience, press, awards, and other forms of evidence that might point to the fact that you are truly a person of extraordinary ability.
It is also not sufficient to merely state that you have achieved prominence in your industry. Every testimonial should explain why each and every achievement is prominent in the field. For example, if you have won a specific prize, it is necessary to explain whether the prize is considered to be exclusive, only awarded to those at the top of the field.
Testimonials can also be used as evidence in order to satisfy the other forms of evidentiary criteria. For example, if you are unable to get other forms of evidence that shows that you have performed a critical or leading role for an organization that is distinguished, a testimonial from a representative of that organization maybe sufficient to satisfy that criteria.
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