O-1 Criteria Pre-Consultation

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O-1 Visa Criteria

Before we take on your O-1 visa case we will require that your case is evaluated by Attorney Caro Kinsella. Review the list below and confirm if you are able to provide either: Evidence showing that you received a one-time, major internationally recognized award, OR at least THREE of the 10 suggested criteria listed below:

  • 1. NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION:
    -Evidence showing you have achieved national or international recognition for your achievement. Evidence may include, but is not limited to, critical reviews or other published materials by or about the beneficiary in: Major newspapers or magazines or other publications.
    -Alien’s receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in the field of endeavor. (Student awards, high academic test scores or grades, fellowships or grants don’t carry much weight)
  • 2. ASSOCIATIONS: Membership in a professional organization in the field for which classification is sought which requires outstanding achievement of their members, as judged by recognized national or international experts in the discipline or fields.
      -Membership in merely professional associations is generally insufficient
      -Prestigious associations with stringent criteria for joining carry most weight; provide evidence of the requirement for attaining the membership, such as copies of membership criteria
  • 3. PUBLISHED MATERIAL: Published materials about the alien’s work or achievements – professional or major trade publications or major media about the alien, relating to the alien’s work in the field for which classification is sought, which shall include the title, date, and author of such published material, and any necessary translation. (Transcripts for radio/t.v. should be included). Presentations at major Conferences are comparable to published articles.
  • 4. JUDGE OF THE WORK OF OTHERS: Participation on a panel, or individually, as a judge of the work of others in the field for which classification is sought.
      -This may include peer reviewing articles for professional publications/refereeing or editing a professional journal, judging competitions, evaluating research proposals for well-regarded institutions and by providing official direction for a thesis or dissertation.
      -The work reviewed and judged must be in the beneficiary’s field of endeavor
  • 5. ORIGINAL AND SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION:
    -Evidence of original scientific, scholastic, artistic, athletic or business-related contributions of major significance in the field.
    -Any evidence here should be accompanied by documents that specifically explain how a beneficiary’s work benefited the field
  • 6. SCHOLARLY ARTICLES: Authorship of scholarly articles in the field, in professional or major trade publications or other forms of major media.
  • 7. ARTISTIC DISPLAYS: Displays of the alien’s work in the field at artistic exhibitions or showcases. Include evidence to establish the significance of the exhibition or showcase where the alien’s work has been displayed.
  • 8. CRITICAL OR LEADING ROLE: Employment in a critical or essential capacity of organization and establishments that have a distinguished reputation (not support roles).
      -Evidence of both applicant’s past performances and evidence of future performances in a lead capacity. Furthermore, the productions themselves must have a distinguished reputation in the field.
  • 9. REMUNERATION: Has commanded or will command a high salary in relation to others in the field
  • 10. COMMERCIAL SUCCESS: Evidence of commercial success in the performing arts, as shown by box office receipts or record, cassette, compact disk, or video sales

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