In recent years it has become harder to immigrate to the United States. Added restrictions have been placed by the Trump administration on many visa categories and visa denials have doubled over the last few years. These changes have altered the demographics of the workforce and artistic community in the United States. Included among the types of visas that are more difficult to get are the O-1 visas.
O-1 visas are available for those who demonstrate extraordinary ability in their field. They are reserved for those individuals who have shown outstanding achievements. Applying for an O-1 visa is not any easy process. If you have obtained a special achievement such as a Nobel prize or an Academy Award, then you should have no problem applying for an O-1 visa.
However, some applicants rely the other criteria available to demonstrate their extraordinary ability. In these cases, the decision is made by an immigration officer and can be somewhat subjective. All of your evidence must be submitted on paper and should be quite extensive. You will need to demonstrate that you have made contributions to your field that are of great significance and that you have achieved a high level of accomplishment in your field. This can be a daunting task and it is more important than ever to ensure that your application is complete.
A typical O-1 visa application involves extensive documentation proving someone’s extraordinary ability. You may become frustrated by the process and gathering the necessary evidence. However, an experienced immigration attorney can help you put together the most complete application you can in order to pursue the best possible results. Sometimes an O-1 visa application requires thinking outside of the box when it comes to putting together evidence. An immigration attorney who has experience with O-1 visas will know how to get creative in putting together your application.
If you are considering applying for an O-1 visa, you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney. At Serving Immigrants we have extensive O-1 visa experience and can help you through the process. Contact us online or call us at (305) 907-6151 to schedule a strategy session.