O-1 Visa Requirement: Advisory Opinions

O-1 Visa Requirement: Advisory Opinions

An advisory opinion from an appropriate labor organization is a requirement for the O-1 Visa (also known as the Artist Visa). Certain labor unions exist for the purposes of the O-1 petition, and these labor unions issue letters of no objection. In a nutshell, these letters state that the labor union does not object to

O-1 Visa Requirement: Peer Consultation Letter

O-1 Visa Requirement: Peer Consultation Letter

If there is no labor union for your profession, then you need a letter from a peer organization, such as Fractured Atlas, or a peer, such as an expert in your field. For example, there aren’t labor unions for models, fashion designers, or marketing specialists. These professionals need a letter from either a peer organization

Should an artist trademark her name?

Yao Law Group’s Short and Easy Guide to Filing a Trademark Application

Step 1: Make Your Mark   You will need to determine the type (format) of mark: 1) character mark, consisting of a word or combination of words, font or specific design for the words, etc.; 2) design mark, a stylized design with or without letters, such as a logo; or 3) sound mark, such as jingle or

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O-1 Future Engagements

If an O-1 visa is filed with an agent-petition, the petition needs to present at least 2 future engagements. One of the benefits of an O-1 agent-filing petition is that the future work can be varied.  When the O-1 federal regulations were drafted Congress took into account the industry standard for artists and creative professionals. 


Three O-1B (Artist Visa) Misconceptions

1. Award   Truth: An award is not the only requirement.    Although winning an award is part of the evidentiary criteria, it is not all of the evidentiary criteria. One can qualify for the O-1 without having an award due to the additional evidentiary criteria. Does having the award make the petition stronger? Absolutely, but

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Do You Really Need a Lawyer?

So let’s talk about the big elephant in the room. Do you really need an immigration lawyer to assist you in receiving or securing a visa or a green card?  Common criticisms that people have include: Lawyers don’t have time for me;  Lawyers don’t do any work;  Lawyers are too expensive. All of these criticisms

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5 REASONS FOR O-1 VISA RFEs (Request for Further Evidence)

1. WEAK FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS A common reason for a case to receive an RFE is because of a weak contract. A future engagement is memorialized in a document that is sometimes called a contract, a letter of intent, a job offer letter, a letter of employment, an intent to hire, or a summary of the

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A holistic approach to understanding the various aspects of the O visa

Scientific progress and technical expansions played a key role in transforming the world in a Global Village. Geographical distance can no longer limit the ambitions and accomplishments of talented individuals. New-age transportation system enables interested individuals to travel from one country to another for personal and professional reasons. However, one cannot cross the international border

Hand-Picked Tips to Choose a Respectable and Reputable Lawyer

There would be times when you would face tremendous challenging situations. And then, there would be times when you would have no other options left except for hiring an advocate. Whether it is divorce case or child custody, a lawyer is always at your rescue when you encounter such unexpected and demanding situations. Hiring someone

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