Increase Your Chances of Approval: 5 Tips for O-1 Visa Applicants
☝USCIS issued new guidance how to properly document an O-1B case and updated their adjudication manual (instructions to USCIS officers how to properly make decisions in the submissions for the O-1B visas). Read the new guidance here.
First, generally about O-1 Visas. They are sometimes called Extraordinary Talents Visas. These are nonimmigrant (temporary) employment visas for stars in the fields of arts, education, business, or sports (called O-1A Visa), or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements (called O-1B Visas). This visa requires the applicant to have a sponsor (usually an agent or the company or sports team), but in some cases, to also self-sponsor when they can show they are extraordinary and unique celebrities in their professional endeavors.
✅As an immigration attorney with 20 years of experience and having won many O-1 visa cases in our practice, I would like to offer 5 tips that could help improve your chances of being approved for any O-1 Visa:
🔸Submit a strong and easily digestible application. Use the proper form – USCIS Form I-129 with the O Supplement. Make sure it’s dated and signed everywhere by either the Petitioner company or by you if you are self-petitioning.
🔸The USCIS requires lots of detailed documentation to support your application for the O-1 visa. This includes letters of recommendation, evidence of your achievements in your field, and a detailed itinerary of your work in the US. You should take the time to gather all the necessary documents and present a clear and convincing case for why you qualify for the O-1 visa.
🔸Get a union or other advisory organization that is considered as an organization of professionals in your specific field to provide their advisory opinion letter to qualify you as extraordinary. This is a must!
🔸Show that you have exceptional ability in your field: To be eligible for the O-1 visa, you must demonstrate that you have a level of expertise that is significantly above that of your peers.
✔ This can include documents about your awards and recognitions, publications, interviews and other evidence of your accomplishments in your field.
✔ Your immigration lawyer will likely show that newspapers that published about you have a big circulation, websites and bloggers who talked to you have millions of hits. In other words, the news about your achievements were distributed to the masses on a large scale.
✔ Be sure to highlight your unique skills and contributions, and make a compelling case for why you are the best candidate for the visa.
🔸Work with an experienced immigration attorney: Applying for the O-1 visa can be a complex process, and it’s important to have expert guidance to help you navigate the process. An experienced immigration attorney can help you gather the necessary documentation, prepare a strong application, and address any questions or concerns that may arise during the application review process. Working with an attorney can significantly improve your chances of success.
🤝At Shepelsky Law Group, we know exactly what to do to win your O-1Visa and begin your visa journey. You deserve a pro like yourself on your side. If you choose the best coaches and the best producers, you must choose us as your immigration attorneys! We are the best in our field and we get the job done.
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As an immigration attorney with 20 years of experience and having won many O-1 visa cases in our practice, I would like to offer 5 tips that could help improve your chances of being approved for any O-1 Visa.