Visas for Extraordinary Ability & Special Skills
At McEntee Law Group, we are passionate advocates for immigrants. That passion is matched by our love for sports, music, fashion, and the arts. Whether you are an athlete, musician, entertainer, comedian, artist, fashion designer, hairdresser, or stylist we can help you bring your extraordinary talent to the United States. Extraordinary individuals deserve extraordinary service. We regularly file and successfully gain immigration benefits for extraordinary professionals and entertainers through the O-1 Visa.
What visa options are available for individuals with extraordinary abilities?
United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) dictates that the O-1 visa is for “individuals who possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry.”
O-1A: Individuals with Extraordinary Ability in the Sciences, Education, Business, & Athletics
This visa is intended for foreign nationals who have made extraordinary achievements in and contributions to their field. To qualify, O-1A applicants must show that they have reached the very top of their field, and that they are coming to the U.S. to continue their work in that field. O-1A visas require the applicant to provide substantial evidence of their extraordinary ability, but our team regularly files O-1A applications. McEntee Law is happy to guide employers and employees through this process.
O-1B: Individuals with Extraordinary Ability in the Arts
This visa is intended for foreign nationals who have made extraordinary achievements in and contributions to their field in the arts. To qualify, O-1B applicants must show that they have a high level of achievement, skill, and recognition well above others in their field. O-1B applicants, from solo musicians to fine artists, must show that they are coming to the U.S. to continue to work in their field. O-1B visas require the applicant to provide substantial evidence of their extraordinary ability, but our team regularly files O-1B applications for artists of all kinds.
What do I need for a successful O-1 case?
To have a strong O-1 application you must first be able show that you are extraordinary in your field. This can include awards, publications in important journals, participation on panels, record of critically acclaimed success, and much more. You may be more extraordinary than you believe. It is also required to show proof of a petitioner, sponsor, or employer as well as evidence that you will continue working in your field of expertise. McEntee Law is well versed in the O-1 visa and will work with you to ensure you have a strong application.
Is there a permanent residency option?
The EB-1 visa for priority workers may be a permanent residency option for individuals of extraordinary ability. Foreign nationals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics and outstanding professors or researchers may be eligible for this green card. Receiving sponsorship for a green card is a complex, multi-step process that requires guidance by an experienced immigration attorney.