Student to EB1- Pre-Visualization Artist
Hi, My name is Diana and I am from Medellin, Colombia. I came to the US on a student visa right after graduating high school. I’m quite determined and so I started from the bottom and worked my way up the ladder starting with an AA Degree in Visual Arts then I did a course called Studies in Character Animation and then I did a BA Degree in Art and Animation.
One of the benefits of getting an a student visa is that once you have completed your studies you can in fact qualify for a one year work permit and then hopefully you can find work and secure a graduate visa called a H-1B, which is exactly what I did. Again, the H-1B visa is great as it lasts for up to six years.
Armed with my education and lots of enthusiasm I found work as an intern in Pre-visualization. Since then I literally worked as hard as I could, always doing my best work and I got to work on some major film projects like Point Break 2, Iron Man 2, Bioshock, Green Lantern, Man of Steel and so forth.
In previs as it’s often called our job is to work with the visual effects supervisors and directors in creating animated versions of storyboards that serves as a blueprint for filming, editing and creating fully computer generated shots. We mostly work on big budget action movies and we travel to shooting locations alongside the rest of the crew.
So I was getting to the end of the H-1B visa and so I had to find another visa opportunity that would allow me to settle. After doing some research into the different categories from which you can apply for residency, I felt that I had enough achievements and work experience to be able to apply as an EB1. Of course, the biggest incentive to apply for an EB1 green card was the fact that the category doesn’t have a wait period like the other work categories do.
I talked to Chris M. Ingram ESQ and he laid out the best strategy that we should adopt in putting together a winning case. I decided to go for it and the work began. It definitely felt overwhelming at times because of the amount of evidence that needed to be gathered, but getting the EB1 green card was my mission and I really wanted and needed it to continue my life and career here, so I wasn’t going to give up.
Chris’ team was really helpful and encouraging throughout the process and Chris was very straightforward and honest about my options and how to tackle the case.
I was at work and I got an email update saying my application was approved. I had to read it 3 times to really believe it! Then I ran to my husband and told him. We went out for a nice dinner and drinks to celebrate.
Hard work really does pay off in life. I came to the US with hope and dreams. I think I’ve proved that if you put the time and dedication in, America will reward you. In my case the added bonus was that I met my husband at work. I’ve also been lucky to travel and live in many different cities across the country and had a blast meeting new people and exploring the different areas.
My advice to anyone going for the EB1 green card is – be prepared to work very hard indeed. Try to tackle one thing at a time to not get overwhelmed by all the categories and required evidence. Also, do not be afraid to ask for help. Finally, I couldn’t have done this without all the support from my co-workers and friends who wrote letters supporting my case big time.
I could not be happier.
EB1 Green Card Success – Firstly we’d like to congratulate Diana on being designated by US Immigration as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability in the area of Pre-Visualization. Secondly, we’d like to state how much we admire Diana for truly realizing the American Dream. Diana came to the US as student with a dream to work in the film industry as an artist. To date she has worked on top Hollywood Blockbuster films such as Priest, Green Lantern and Man of Steel. Seriously who gets to do that!!!!! Well, a very talented lady in her twenties from Colombia. We could not be more proud of her – to get this designation whilst still in her twenties is astounding. Diana is the reason why we love doing EB1 green card cases and we look forward to doing many more.
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