Over the course of the last decade, actress Teresa Cheung has established herself in numerous fields, including writing, human rights, film, and fashion. The fame and recognition that Teresa Cheung has gained allowed her to receive a green card to work in the United States on the basis of extraordinary ability, a rare designation for truly exceptional individuals.
To receive a visa based on extraordinary ability, a professional must prove excellence at the top of the field and an intent to continue working in that field upon arriving in the United States. Individuals who receive such a designation include Nobel laureates as well as Oscar-winning actors and actresses. Those who have not received an internationally recognized award must instead demonstrate their ability through major publications or gallery presentations, or indicate that their performance commands a high salary in the field. Those interested in receiving a visa for extraordinary ability must also prove their intent to continue that work through letters from employers or colleagues as well as legal documents indicating a commitment to such work.