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EB1 Green Card Success – Kuchipudi Dancer

Priya Dancing During a Kuchipudi Lecture and Demonstration

Our Client Dancing During a Kuchipudi Lecture and Demonstration

EB1 Success Story: Our client, a formally trained Kuchipudi Dancer from India was able to utilize her passion, skills towards achieving a Green Card through the EB1 process. While our client, initially came to the United States to study and later work she continued to practice the art of Kuchipudi dance and participated in competitions, teaching, judging the work of others and performing all over the world. With her Green Card in hand, our client can continue to pursue her talent and reside in the United States. We wish her all the very best. If you’d like us to consider your talents for an EB1 green card please call us today on 310 496 4292.

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1. Tell me about where you are from and a little bit about what you do.

I was born and raised in India. I am a Kuchipudi (Classical Indian Dance) dancer. I started learning dance at an age of 5 and have been a dancer since then. I gave several dance performances in India and the United States. I also teach and conducted lecture demonstrations about the dance form. I participated in and won in several dance competitions.

2. How did you work your way up the ranks to reach your level and what were some of the challenges along the way.

I have been performing at international stage for the last 5 years. In spite of that, I did not consider myself even close to getting a green card on extraordinary ability. I had to work slightly differently having the green card as my end goal. Being in the field for many years, it certainly required some work from my side to get all the documentation required and collect evidence for everything, but it was not very far fetched. The Chris Ingram Law group helped me a lot along the way.

3. Have you ever lived in the US before? If so, under what circumstances? If not, what aroused your interest in a move to the US?

I came to the United States to pursue my MS in Engineering. I worked in a software company for few years after that. I continued to perform Kuchipudi dance at national and international events during this period. I wanted to pursue dance full-time and settle in the United States of America.

4. How did you decide to pursue an EB1?

I heard about EB-1 green card from a senior in my dance academy in India and was very interested in learning more about it. When I did some research online, I found the Chris Ingram Law firm’s website and they worked with classical Indian dancers before. After setting up some appointments with their specialists, I still had my doubts whether I should go for it, or not. There was a limited downside if I didn’t get it, but a huge upward swing. After a lot of thought, I signed up with Chris Ingram Law Firm and then started building the case. There was no looking back after that.

5. What was your experience with the EB1 petition process?

The EB1 petition process was quite involved. I would not have been able to file it on my own without the guidance of expert lawyers who know the in’s and out’s of the field. They have clearly outlined 10 categories that one must satisfy. There were 3 or 4 categories which I was strong in, and we determined that at the beginning of the case. I started gathering evidence in these categories. Chris Ingram Law firm has a very neat online system, which was very helpful in organizing all the documents I had. The lawyers were very experienced with previous RFE’s that other similar cases have received and helped me fill the gaps in my petition.

6. What were some of the challenges you had to work on in the preparation of your case, for example evidence gathering?

I had many challenges in evidence gathering. Some of the challenges were to increase my coverage in media and work with press folks to get all the necessary information. Another challenge was in getting recommendation letters. You need to get the letters from the top people in the field and it was hard to get some time with them to discuss it.

7. What kind of relationship did/do you have Chris and his team?

I worked with many people in Chris Ingram’s team. I must say it was an amazing experience working with each and every one of them. Right from the beginning when I worked with Arianeh who was the intake specialist, to other people like Amrita , Tomas and Alicia. I had a very special relationship with Amrita. She was very encouraging and motivated me at every step of the way. Hats off to their team for their expert guidance, hard work and great communication skills.

8. What were you doing when you found out you were approved? What was your immediate reaction? How did/will you celebrate?

I was traveling and out of the country when I got to know. I looked at the USCIS website that night and was pleasantly surprised to see an Approved status. I jumped up and down not believing what I saw. I then e-mailed Chris’s team of the good news. It took me a few days for it to actually sink in.

9. What are you looking forward to most about moving to the US?

I am looking forward to the freedom the country has to offer and the great opportunities that lie ahead of me.

10. What will you miss the most about your home country?

I will miss some of my family who is still back home.

11. What advice would you give to any immigrant considering an EB1 or who is already in the process?

My biggest advice to anyone who is considering applying for an EB1 is to hire an expert like Chris Ingram’s team.

[NB: Name changed to protect privacy]

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