O-1 visa processing seem to be speeding up. Our 3-year O-1 visa petition for New Zealand photographer James Lowe was approved in four weeks using regular (non-premium) processing. James had filed another O-1 through a different lawyer a few months earlier. Unfortunately, that application was denied. Despite that, his next attempt went smoothly. James filed his case through an agent-petitioner, Artists and Entrepreneurs. See the exquisite work of James Lowe at https://jamesklowe.com.
We also had an O-1 approval for a Japanese make-up artist approved in four weeks with regular (non-expedite) processing. This was quite a unique case because she is an artist who specializes in cross-gender make up for male-to-female dressers. She has built her reputation on this expertise. She had filed an agent case which will allow her to work on several different projects, including writing a book.
Our O-1 for a young Japanese Visual Producer/UX Designer was likewise approved in four weeks. This latter case was somewhat challenging as the employer was a start-up company in the US, a subsidiary of a small but established Japanese studio. Although the producer was young and had little press, she had worked on the Japanese studio’s corporate accounts in Japan for a year or so.
Italian ballroom dancer and Voguer, Dolores Parisi, obtained her third three-year O-1B through our agent. Dolores will be working for different employers over the next 3 years. Dolores was a dancer for the 63rd Grammys in March 2021. She achieved fame recently through her role as “Mother of the House of Ninja” in the Voguing competition series, Legendary, on HBO Max.
We obtained a three-year O-1 renewal for esteemed violinist, Anna Tsukervanik, who is originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Read about Anna’s impressive career at www. annatsukervanik.com. Anna was sponsored by the illustrious International Brazilian Opera Company, IBOC. IBOC, www.brazilianopera.com, is headed up by Artistic Director Joao MacDowell. A strong supporter of immigrant artists and especially underrepresented voices in opera, IBOC has successfully sponsored several of our clients. This is the second three year O-1 visa we have obtained for Anna.
Australian photographer Kristie Lee Tasik, had a three-year O-1 visa approved.
Back in December, we were honored to obtain an O-1 visa for Mexican architect, Rosa Agraz, a partner in the renowned Mexican architecture firm, Arroyo Solis Agraz. See their beautiful designs at http://www.arroyosolisagraz.com.
As usual, we look forward to at least some of our H-1B registrants being successful in the upcoming lottery, especially the architectural designers, architects and engineers that form the backbone of our H-1B practice. Not to mention H-1B visas for paralegals and foreign law associates. Kudos to architectural designer, client Yuanjun Summer Liu for her successful application through the distinguished SO-IL architecture studio.
One final note: Employment Authorization Cards (EAD) are now valid for two years for Green Card cases.
We processed a fair amount of marriage-based Green Cards and some clients received their work authorization (EAD) within six months of the case being filed. Interviews are being scheduled at the New York District Office around 12 months from date of filing.