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O-1A Visa Major Award Win

In this presentation, we’re going to focus on the O-1A visa category – Have you won a major internationally recognized award. The actual official wording of this category is: –

A) Recipient of a major internationally recognized award, such as a Nobel Prize

As discussed in our O-1A visa checklist video if you have received a major award such as a Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Fellowship, Bancroft prize, Nobel Prize, or any similar award in your home country then you’re almost certain to qualify for an O-1A visa on this category alone. You will not have to satisfy any other categories – you will be good to go. We’ll prepare all of the paperwork and make the application process as smooth as possible.

The O-1A visa is very much a temporary visa and whilst this is great for many of our clients, most of our clients really want to be able to settle permanently in the US and would prefer a green card. The EB1-1 green card, like the O-1A visa, is based on a finding of extraordinary ability and in this category where an alien has won any major internationally recognized award such as the ones outlined here they would not only qualify for an O-1A visa, but they would also qualify for an EB1-1 green card if they wanted one.

For aliens working in Science, Education, Business or Athletics the O-1A visa standards in this category appear to be higher than for aliens working in the Arts and Motion Picture industry. For Arts and Motion Picture aliens, if they are nominated for an Academy Award, an Emmy, Grammy, or Director’s Guild Award or any similar award in their home country then they will almost certainly qualify for an O-1B visa without any further ado. However, if they wanted to then go for their EB1-1 green card a nomination alone would not be sufficient. Therefore, it’s reasonable to conclude that the standards in this category for aliens working in Science, Education, Business or Athletics are on the same level as the EB1-1 green card for this category.

In the next presentation, we’re going to review the ‘Membership’ category. Once again, we’re so delighted that you found us and hope you enjoy our O-1A visa presentation series. When you’re ready, please email or call us for a free consultation and we can discuss your case and get the ball rolling.

Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram

Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram

US Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram
Chris M. Ingram LL.M., ESQ – Immigration Attorney
Admitted in New York.
Practice Specializing in US Immigration Law
401 Wilshire Boulevard, 12th Floor,
[Cross Streets 4th and Wilshire]
Santa Monica,
California 90401
Tel: 310 496 4292

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Specializing in the E2 Visa, EB1 Green Card, L-1A Visa and O1 Visa and K1 Visa Marriage-Based Immigration. Attorney Chris M. Ingram is dedicated to providing the very best in US Immigration legal representation. Enjoy our website.

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