O-1 visas, also popularly known as “artist visas”, are awarded to immigrants with extraordinary abilities in the arts, sciences, education, business, or athletics. O-1 visas are allotted for those few individuals who can prove that they are at the top of their fields. USCIS looks carefully and thoroughly through the evidences submitted to prove that you are indeed and elite member of your field. A few things that can help establish your “extraordinary abilities” may include:
- Any nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards that you have received.
- Any recognition for significant achievement from organization or experts in the field.
- Proof of a high salary or other remuneration for your services.
- Any published materials in major publications, newspapers or other major media about your work.
The best way to make sure that you meet these criteria is to ensure that you have everything down on your CV. And the CV for purposes of an O-1 visa need not comply with the traditional “1 page” limitation. So make sure you record every award you have received, any media recognition, any publications and so forth. In addition, keep in mind that your resume should compliment your portfolio, and that you should keep a list of industry contacts who you can reach out to for letters of recommendation, which are required.
Artist visas can be obtained for almost any kind of artist with exceptional ability, whether they are a graphic designer, model, actor, musician, etc.
Let the Law Firm of Moumita Rahman, PLLC make things easier for you and assist you with you artist visa applications. Please contact us at 212-248-7907 today.