The O-1 Visa for Working in the USA in the Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics

How does the O-1 Visa work?

I met with a client this week that had spoken to a number of other lawyers with respect to his working in the United States. I will call this person by a fictitious name “Al.” Al was happy to hear a suggestion with respect to his case scenario. Al had done film work in Canada, and was recently given an offer in the United States for an upcoming film. Getting a US Work Permit was the stumbling block to his starting with the film.

Am I eligible for an O-1 Visa?

Although Al is not an Oscar winner, he has done enough work to gain some recognition, not necessarily by the general public, but by certain organizations. I suggested to Al that he apply for the O-1 Visa. The O-1 Visa is available to people in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics that can demonstrate extraordinary ability. Although the requirements may seem daunting at first glance, they are not necessarily as such.

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So if you think that you fall under this category despite not having won a Nobel Peace Prize or an Emmy or Oscar, talk to us in order to get our opinion.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is called to the New York State Bar and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving as the Media Liaison for the Canadian Chapter of AILA. Fadi has extensive experience in US immigration matters and is the firm’s lead in the area of US immigration. He is specialized in corporate and family immigration, as well as issues dealing with US inadmissibility.

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