Hi everyone, I really need somebody's advice on what to do next. Here is some info: Im holding F-1 Visa, currently on OPT status until 08/2011. Filed I-140 in August 2010 as EB1 extraordinary ability - athletics. Came to the US in 2006 to study and participate for university team. My achievements in athletics: 1. Been in sport for 10 years. 2. Member of the National team 2003-2006. 3. Member of the University team 2006-2010. 4. Many times National Champion and prize winner of my own country. 5. Participant of World Cups and hold medals of European Championships. 6. Published in local, regional and some National newspapers at home and some local newspapers here in States. Many others to go, but those are the major ones. Did premium processing, got Intend to Deny. Submitted more paperwork, got denial in November 2010. All this time had a lawyer, paid a lot of money, but as you can see, it didnt quite work out. He claimed to be a professional in this field. Never got denials before. USCIS critique: 1. Membership in the national team is not sustained from 2006, therefore it doesnt count.. (But, I was here in states all those years, couldnt travel because was in school, plus I have a letter from a President of Athletic Federation for my sport, saying that according to my results that I showed while here in States, I would be the member easily all these years). Overall, USCIS didnt find membership in the National team to be extraordinary.. 2. Some national publications are too short, there has to be a huge article about me. In regional newspapers I have huge articles, but newspapers are considered not major (however, they are professional) Out of all criteria, they only approved one - national award. Membership and publications are not meeting the criteria. I had about 250 pages of supporting documentation. I am very upset and dont know what to do. I am afraid to hire the lawyer, because all of them say that my case is pretty good, but we already lost a lot of money for nothing. I do not want to repeat the same mistake. My Lawyer suggested appealing the decision, but it would cost me about 15,000 more and about several years o processing. I just do not have such money and time. I have decided to reapply and need some advice on how to go about it. I will be a self petitioner, luckily there is no employer offer needed. I may hire some lawyer, but if it is not too expensive - I need the one that knows what he is doing. I would greatly appreciate any information. Thanks.