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  • Michelle Abeckjerr, Esq.

Got talent? You may be eligible for a visa to the U.S.A.

Many of the questions our clients ask us have to do with the different options they have to move to the US. Many of these people are professionals, artists, actors, painters, etc. For many of these there is a visa that covers people with exceptional talents. In this article we want to share with you how the process works for talented people.



So if you are a talented person, there is a visa for you: the O-1 Visa for People with Extraordinary Ability. The O-1 Visa is for people with extraordinary abilities in science, art, education, business, or sports. It doesn't matter which of the fields we work in; We have worked on cases involving individuals from all fields: Latin Grammy-winning musicians, chess players, graphic designers, dog groomers, journalists, doctors, soccer stars, and many more. No matter what you do, you can qualify for the O-1 visa. You just have to prove that you are great at what you do!

But, the question is: How does this work? Applicants in the fields of science, education, business, or athletes can demonstrate “sustained national or international acclaim” in their field. On the other hand, applicants to the arts fields have to demonstrate ‘distinction’ in their field. Individuals must be seeking to come to the US temporarily to continue working in the area of their extraordinary ability. The O-1 visa may be required for a total of three (3) years, and may be extended indefinitely.


To qualify as an individual of extraordinary abilities there must be evidence that the applicant has received an important internationally recognized award such as the Nobel Prize or at least three (3) of the following:

·   Receipt of minor nationally or internationally recognized awards or awards for excellence in their field.

·   Membership in associations in the field that require outstanding achievements from their members, such as being judged by recognized experts in their field.

·   Evidence of authorship of articles by scholars in your field, in professional journals or other recognized media.

·   Material published in trade publications or large media about the applicant's work

·   Evidence of having participated on a panel or individually as a judge of the work of others in the industry or field.

·   Evidence in the form of five or six letters with affidavit from prominent colleagues who can confirm and attest to the original contributions to science or scholarship of high significance in their industry or field. Regulations require that a group of peers attest to the applicant's extraordinary qualifications. We have found that this requirement must be met with letters of recommendations where references outline their reputation in the industry.

·   Evidence of employment in a critical or essential capacity for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation.

·   Evidence of commanding a high salary or other compensation for services (this category generally does not apply to academic positions).


At Abeckjerr Immigration Law we are experts in guiding our clients through the immigration process to achieve the best possible results. We are with you every step, from helping you collect evidence, selecting potential points based on the requirements, and presenting the entire case to U.S. Attorney's Office. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).


Do you think you have a case? Do not hesitate to contact us.

Start your process now to come and live and work in the United States!

Contact the law firm of Michelle Abeckjerr, Esq.:

+1 305 563 1977

Abeckjerr Immigration Law, P.A.


Footnote: All information shared in this article is considered generic and not appropriate to be used as legal advice. Abeckjerr Immigration Law, P.A. You are not creating an attorney-client relationship but rather providing general information for the note.

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