We are continuing to receive good news for our O-1 visa clients. Recent approvals include an O-1 visa for a Brazilian photographer, as well as for Venezuelan wedding photographer, Diego Velazquez. (See Diego’s comments below.) Additional approvals were obtained for a Japanese music producer, a Chinese arts coordinator applying for her first O-1 visa; a Japanese fashion graphic designer and for a Korean Fashion Consultant/Trend Analyst working for a start-up online fashion shopping portal Some of our stronger cases are being approved in record time. Earlier this month, we submitted an O-1 renewal for a Japanese hairstylist which was receipted on January 11 and approved on January 19!
We are most excited that one of our Extraordinary Ability Green Card petition for a Spanish filmmaker, was sent to Premium Processing in early January and was approved within three days! This is the fastest time in which one of our EB-1A cases has been approved.
We are excited to announce that the terms of the National Interest Waiver have changed. The new criteria are more flexible and this means more of our clients will be eligible to apply for a green card through the National Interest Waiver. Please see the National Interest Waiver section on our website for more information.
As of January 17, 2017, an amendment of the regulations allows a grace period of up to 60 consecutive days during each visa validity period for individuals on H-1B, H-1B1, L-1, O-1, E-1, E-2, E-3 and TN visas. This allows these visa holders to find new employment in their field if their employment ceases prior to the end of their petition validity period and gives employers more time to sponsor them.
Under the Final International Entrepreneur Rule, foreign entrepreneurs who can demonstrate that their stay in the United States will provide significant benefit through the potential for rapid business growth and job creation will be granted a period of authorized stay.