March 2016

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Extraordinary Ability Green Card approvals

Japanese artist, Enrico Isamu Ōyama, had his EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visa Petition (EB-1A) approved in 10 days in February 2016.
See Ōyama’s work at Ōyama previously held an O-1 visa obtained through our office.


Enrico Isamu Oyama, FFIGURATI #88ffigurati_88
Acrylic-based aerosol, Acrylic-based marker, graphite, latex paint and sumi ink on canvas mounted on aluminum and wood stretchers (2)
(H)2.44m x (W)2.44m
Artwork © Enrico Isamu Oyama
Photo © Atelier Mole





Enrico Isamu Oyama, Improvised Muralimprovised_mural
Acrylic-based aerosol, acrylic-based paint and sumi ink on walls and partition walls (8)
Walls: (H)3.8m x (L)69.5m (overall) / partition walls: (H)3.8m x (W)1.5m (each)
Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts, London, United Kingdom
Artwork © Enrico Isamu Oyama
Photo © Tom Carter


Brock Hayhoe

Similarly, Canadian drag artist, Brock Hayhoe, had his EB-1 (Extraordinary Ability) application approved in just 10 days in December 2015. Brock started out his career as a ballet dancer with Cape Town City Ballet in September 2006 where he quickly became a favorite among ballet goers. In May 2007 he was promoted to a soloist. In 2008, he was awarded a leading role as a Principal Dancer with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, and he traveled the world with the troupe, performing at some of most prestigious dance stages in Europe, the US and Asia. In 2012, he left the troupe to become a drag artist by the name of “Brooke Lynn Hytes.” Utilizing his ballet skills to make an impression on judges in the drag competitions, he very quickly made a name for himself and in 2014, he won Miss Continental, one of the most famous and coveted prizes in the field. Brock was on an O-1 visa obtained through our office.

If you think you may be eligible for an Extraordinary Ability Green Card, please email your updated resume to

O-1 Approval

Firebird - MCG as NikolaiWe are delighted to report the successful outcome of our O-1 visa petition for Scottish actor, Marcus Crawford Guy. Mr. Guy, a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York, and the first Scottish student to attend Juilliard, has been in the performing arts world since he was a child. Nevertheless, Actors’ Equity issued a negative Advisory Opinion and we received an extremely challenging eight-page Request for Evidence (“RFE”) from the Immigration Service. Over a period of two months, we worked relentlessly to respond to this RFE, point by point, and his visa was approved in February.

Marcus writes:

“Jane worked tirelessly, crafting detailed arguments to overcome the objections raised by the Immigration Service. Every point she made was backed up by hard evidence that we collaborated on obtaining from experts in the field, via online research or other sources. No stone was left unturned. It was a difficult period in my life but ultimately we prevailed.”

80 Cap-Exempt H-1B Visas

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY), today announced the launch of the International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC), the first municipal program in the nation designed to help international entrepreneurs access visas so they can create jobs in the United States. IN2NYC will help up to 80 selected entrepreneurs obtain H-1B visas to grow their businesses in New York City. IN2NYC will partner selected entrepreneurs with one of seven participating CUNY institutions: Baruch College, City College of New York, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, Medgar Evers College, Queens College, and the College of Staten Island. Entrepreneurs will be required to base their businesses in their partner school’s incubator, bringing new services, revenue streams, and employment opportunities to neighborhoods and strengthening their innovation ecosystems.  Since these entrepreneurs will be working through the university, they will obtain cap-exempt H-1B visas which are not subject to the quota. For more information, go to