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EB1 Green Cards for Indian Dancers – Part 2


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Many Indian dancers of Kuchipudi, Kathak, and Bharatanatyam have won various awards. First off we need to be clear as to what we are talking specifically. Many dancers receive awards for having reached a certain level of expertise while other dancers receive awards for having won in a competition.

In this case, USCIS is more focussed on looking at awards that have been won in competition. Moreover, the competition must be national or international in nature. Regional competition level wins are less likely to be consider favorably.  With regards issued from Gurus for having reached a certain level of expertise, these are good to have but USCIS regards them in the similar vein to an academic qualification in that academic qualifications do not carry much weight when evaluating levels of extraordinary ability. What USCIS is looking for is high levels of visibility (press) and achievement (awards) because of those skills.

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Why Are Awards So Important to an EB1 Green Card Case?

Awards are vital to any EB1 Green card case, especially an Indian Dancer case because its on objective way for a USCIS officer to evaluate your success in your field. Since the USCIS officer will typically have no expertise in Indian dance he / she can simply rely on the prestige of the award as unbiased evidence of your success, abilities and acclaim.

2017 Guidance from USCIS RE EB1 Indian Dance Cases

As outlined in Part 1 of this special report. We are specialists in doing EB1 cases for Indian Dancers and so we have our finger right on the pulse as to what USCIS will approve and will not approve. Indeed USCIS’ position will move around so nothing is absolute hard and fast, so we have to interpret as best we can what the direction of travel is for getting cases approved. So the stronger cases will have great published material and an award or two.


Will Judging Competitions Help my EB1 Green Card Case?

Absolutely, if you can get to judge a major national competition then that would be fantastic. Almost anyone can get to judge a regional competition, so you must aim for judging a national competition where there will be other high profile celebrity judges working with you.

Often times USCIS officers will give you credit by association with your peers. So the more social events you’re able to get into the better for your profile as you want to convey that narrative of being an elite dancer.

Many Indian Dancers are really amateur professionals if you will, meaning they do it for the love of it not for any money. Moreover, would love to come to America to pursue sharing this art form to many millions of people who are culturally akin to Indian Dance and to those are are interested in learning about Indian Dance.

The point we’re trying to make here is that many Indian Dancers have ‘day jobs’ that pay the bills and that take up a lot of their time. What we’re saying is that even though that will often be the case, we want to encourage all of our Indian Dancers to nevertheless work on getting involved in high profile events where ever they can so they can get press and do high profile judging as that will definitely be a game changer when it comes to winning your case.

In this final Part 3 we’ll take a look at the the Showcase/Exhibition Category that could form the basis of really strong EB1 Green Card case.

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Checkout these EB1 green card categories below. If you can satisfy three categories, then you may just qualify for your green card. Good luck.

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