Winter Update

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As of December 17, 2015, the Vermont Service Center is now taking three to four months to adjudicate O-1 cases. We have been continuing to receive good news, though. We have recently received an approval for a first-time application for a Japanese hairstylist who will work for Hair Kuwayama in New York City. We received three year visa renewals for Japanese fashion photographer, Marie Maeda, and for performing artist, Haruki Kiyama, who you can go and see in The Illusionists on Broadway!  Chinese dancer Long Zou, who will be performing with The Trockaderos of Monte Carlo, had his three year O-1 visa approved in less than 15 days with the Premium Processing service.  Korean dance artist, Yanghee Lee, received a 3 year O-1 renewal.

Kihachiro Nishiura photo

Our Extraordinary Ability Green Card application for Japanese classical artist, Kihachiro Nishiura, and Japanese nail artist extraordinaire,
Miho “Mei” Kawajiri,
were recently approved in less than 15 days using the Premium Processing service.




Miho 1 

Miho 2


Labor certifications were approved without audit for a New York-based tattoo artist (six months processing time) and for a Business Development Associate in the real estate business (six months processing time) where there was a foreign language requirement!  Other approved labor certifications include one for an architectural designer with a Master’s degree and a Business Development Associate with an Associate’s degree.


Our Australian client, Jasmine Bates, successfully transitioned from a J-1 to an E-3 visa using a combination of diplomas and work experience. Jasmine works for a New York company as a Desktop Support Engineer.  Another E-3 was issued for a start-up operation in Hawaii, with the applicant in the position of Vice-President, Strategic Development, based upon work experience alone.