O1 / ARTIST VISA: HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in applying for the O1 / Artist Visa, the first thing you should know is that you cannot actually apply for the O1 / Artist visa yourself. You we’ll need someone to apply on your behalf, and this person is known as the petitioner.
O1 / ARTIST VISA SPONSOR? WHO IS THAT?
THE O1 / ARTIST VISA IS GRANTED FOR HOW LONG?
AN O1 / ARTIST VISA ITINERARY? WHAT'S THAT?
AN O1 / ARTIST VISA CONTRACT? WHAT DOES IT NEED TO CONTAIN?
Other than the contracts and itinerary, you will also need to provide a consultation letter from a union, peer group or management organization.
AN O1 / ARTIST VISA CONSULTATION LETTER? WHAT IS THAT?
So now that you have a petitioner, your itinerary and contracts and consultation letter, its time to prove that you are extraordinary.
HOW DO I PROVE I AM EXTRAORDINARY FOR THE O1 / ARTIST VISA?
UH...WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE THOSE? CAN I STILL APPLY FOR THE O1 / ARTIST VISA?
EVIDENTIARY CRITERIA #1 O1 / Artist Visa applicant must have received significant recognition for achievements from organizations, critics, government agencies or other recognized experts in the field in which the beneficiary is engaged, with the testimonials clearly indicating the author's authority, expertise and knowledge of the beneficiary's achievements
EVIDENTIARY CRITERIA #2 O1 / Artist Visa applicant must have Performed and will perform services as a lead or starring participant in productions or events which have a distinguished reputation as evidenced by critical reviews, advertisements, publicity releases, publications, contracts or endorsements
EVIDENTIARY CRITERIA #3 O1 / Artist Visa applicant must Performed and will perform in a lead, starring, or critical role for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation as evidenced by articles in newspapers, trade journals, publications, or testimonials.
EVIDENTIARY CRITERIA #4 O1/ Artist Visa applicant must have Achieved national or international recognition for achievements, as shown by critical reviews or other published materials by or about the beneficiary in major newspapers, trade journals, magazines, or other publications
EVIDENTIARY CRITERIA #5 O1 / Artist Visa applicant must show a record of major commercial or critically acclaimed successes, as shown by such indicators as title, rating or standing in the field, box office receipts, motion picture or television ratings and other occupational achievements reported in trade journals, major newspapers or other publications
EVIDENTIARY CRITERIA #6 O1 / Artist Visa applicant must show a high salary or other substantial remuneration for services in relation to others in the field, as shown by contracts or other reliable evidence.
EVIDENTIARY CRITERIA #7 (THE CATCHALL) If the above standards do not readily apply to the beneficiary’s occupation in the arts, the petitioner may submit comparable evidence in order to establish eligibility
Another thing I want to talk about today are the different standards of proof for different artists. Standards of proof are what make it easier or harder for different artist to apply for this Visa. Generally the standard of proof for Artist is extraordinary ability. This means you just need to show that you have the ability to be extraordinary. However, the standard of proof for people who work in the motion picture and television industry is extraordinary achievement. So extraordinary achievement means not only do you need to have achievement in the field of motion picture and television this achievement also needs to be extraordinary soon as you can see it is much more difficult for film artist to get the visa then the rest of the other types of artists. It does not mean that it is impossible for someone working in the film industry to get the visa it just means that you need to be more well-established before even applying.