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  • Michelle Abeckjerr, Esq.

🦄 O-1A Approval Highlight of the Week: Compliance Specialist

This was a labor of love that required lots of creativity from our team. While this case differs from the typical musician or artist cases often associated with the O-1 visa, our applicant was very deserving and eager to make her mark in the United States. Initially, we submitted her case without premium processing. However, due to the recent processing time change at the California Service Center from 2 months to 6 months, the client decided to upgrade to premium processing. Fortunately, the approval came just 10 calendar days later, with no Request for Evidence.



What categories did we argue?



1. Evidence that the beneficiary has been employed in a critical or essential capacity for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation: She has worked for two multinational, well-known companies in their legal and compliance departments.



Evidence of the beneficiary's authorship of scholarly articles in the field, in professional journals, or other major media: She had written 4 research articles and we were able to submit her Google Scholar page.



Documentation of the alien's receipt of nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in the field of endeavor: She had received an award within the compliance community from a major international compliance association.



Documentation of the beneficiary’s membership in associations in the field for which classification is sought, which require outstanding achievements of their members, as judged by recognized national or international experts in their disciplines or fields: She is a member of a major national compliance association with a rigorous application process. 



Published material in professional or major trade publications or major media about the beneficiary, relating to the beneficiary’s work in the field for which classification is sought: She had 7 major media articles about her, 3 of which had impressive circulation figures.



Evidence that the beneficiary has either commanded a high salary or will command a high salary or other remuneration for services, as evidenced by contracts or other reliable evidence: Through her future job offer in the United States, we were able to demonstrate that she will earn a high salary in the future.




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