We filed 108 O-1 cases in 2017. 100 have been approved and 8 are still in process. Most cases have been approved within three to four weeks using standard processing despite the fact that USCIS websites shows 90-120 days for O-1 cases. Due to cases being given stricter scrutiny, we recommend careful documentation of accomplishments and saving all evidence.
Recent approvals over the last couple of months include a Japanese film director/producer, “Aki Monster,” Scottish Strength and Conditioning Coach, Keir Wenham- Flatt, Japanese hair stylist, Yuhei Nerome, Chinese industrial designer, Hongxin “Sean” Zhang (and an O-2 for his Studio Assistant), Moroccan Architectural Designer, Meriem Sakrouhi, and Filipino Technical Fashion Designer, Daniel Concepcion. Other approves include a Mexican Knitwear Designer, an Australian News Cameraman/Photographer and a British fashion photographer.
One of the more challenging approvals included a Canadian Motivational Speaker and Presenter, Spencer Beach http://www.spencerspeaks.ca/, who was approved for his first O-1. At age 29, Mr. Beach was a Floor Technician whose life was falling into place with a new baby on the way when he was involved in a chemical fire while laying down linoleum in a house. The fire left him with a 5% chance of survival. After 14 months in hospital, many surgeries, and a pronouncement from the WCB (Workers’ Compensation Board) that he was 100% impaired, Mr. Beach became a Motivational Speaker, Educator and Presenter who discusses safety in the workplace for large industries and manufacturers using his experience gained first-hand and his expertise gained through various certificates in safety. Part of the challenge of Mr. Beach’s application was arguing that his case fit O-1B criteria as so much of his work is technical and educational.
Another challenging O-1 case that was recently approved was that of Italian Talent Agent and Dance Manager, Susan Ancillotti. She started booking and representing dancers at Europe’s leading dance camps at the age of 19, and in 2012, formed the Spotlight Agency, an international dance agency based in Italy. Since then, she has experienced a meteoric rise, clearly establishing herself as one of Europe’s most prominent dance liaisons. Part of the challenge of Ms. Ancillotti’s application was trying to pin down her role and document her accomplishments as a behind-the-scenes professional. Ms. Ancillotti will be working as an independent contractor under the auspices of a U.S. agent.
We also had Dutch Fashion Stylist Clayton Coleo approved for his second O-1 after a stint back in Holland. This was an agent case that was approved in three weeks. Mr. Coleo has had a diversified career working in the arts and fashion including Het Nationale Ballet, RTL Nederland, Diesel, Schwartzkopf, Ebony, and Nylon, as well as top model talent agencies including Boss Models, Blessed Models and Elite Model Management.
Finally, we had an EB-1A Extraordinary Ability Green Card approval for a Korean Architect which was a self-petition case.
Jane Orgel, Esq. is also excited to announce that she is now handling Australian immigration applications in addition to US immigration applications.