Despite the upheavals and challenges of Coronavirus, our office has been getting a fair number of approvals. We have had 19 O-1 approvals so far in 2020.
These include first time O-1B Approvals as well as three year extensions and renewals. We obtained a second three year O-1 renewal for a Chinese curator and gallerist, as well as for a Japanese fashion photographer, a Japanese hair stylist, Kyoko Nakamaru, a Swedish graphic designer, and German graphic designer, Lukas Weber.
We obtained an O-1A for Lebanese entrepreneur James (Jihad) Kawas whose US start- up, the Selling Company, will focus on selling used articles through the innovative online platform www.joinflyp.com. A pioneer and entrepreneur, Mr. Kawas was one of the founders of Saily.com in his native Lebanon.
Initial O-1B visas were obtained for an Indian poet and writer, a Korean landscape architect, and for public relations specialists working in fashion and jewelry, as well as for two Japanese DJs.
We obtained one year extensions for Canadian lash and brow artist, Christina Son, whose exquisite work can be seen on https://www.christinelashstudio.com/ ; and for Japanese media server specialist, Naoki Ogawa. Other annual extensions were obtained for an interior designer from Japan and a fashion stylist from New Zealand.
Canadian hip-hop dancer Latoya Webley, whose O-1 visas we have been handling for 10 years, had her Extraordinary Ability Green Card application approved.
We also had an approval for a National Interest Waiver Green Card for an Experiential Designer from Colombia.
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