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Feb, 2016

We have been delighted with some of our recent approvals. We recently had an O-1 approval for Taiwanese poet, writer, editor and translator, Chia-Lun Chang (see below for her testimonial). This was Ms. Chang’s first O-1, and she had an agent petitioner, and was doing a change of status from F-1/ OPT. Her O-1 application was approved within two months with no RFE. We also had approvals for French fashion photographer Remi Lamande (O-1 renewal); Italian hip-hop dancers Alessandra Mai Vinh and Dolores Parisi (O-1 renewal); and Mexican-Japanese multidisciplinary artist, Alejandro Yoshii. We also had a very quick approval within ten days for an Extraordinary Ability Green Card application (EB-1) for a Canadian drag artist, who sponsored himself (self-petition). Applicants for immigrant visas in the Extraordinary Ability and National Interest Waiver categories do not require sponsors or employers.

Adjudication of O-1 applications is continuing to take around two to three months at the Vermont Service Center, depending on the complexity of the application.

We are continuing to advise clients of the risks involved in doing change of status in certain situations where the client is in visitor or student status. In some instances, the case is approved more quickly and smoothly if the O-1 petitions are submitted when they are outside the US.

The E-3 visa regulations have been amended to allow E-3 employers to file for extension of stay while the E-3 visa continues to work in the United States. Employment is authorized for up to 240 days while the extension is pending as long as the extension was timely filed. This brings the E-3 regulations in line with the H-1B regulations.

As the H-1B filing deadline approaches, we wish to remind clients that it is possible to simultaneously apply for the H-1B and the O-1 visa. Many designers and architects who are not selected in the H-1B lottery apply for the O-1 as an alternative. However, it is possible to prepare the O-1 in advance instead of waiting for the H-1B results. Our office has many years of experience in both H-1B and O-1 visas for architectural designers, landscape architects, interior architects and related professions.

 

Chia-Lun Chang

Jane was recommended to me through a friend who also had her O-1 approved. From the beginning, Jane was realistic with me about the possibility of having an O-1 visa approved, especially since I had just graduated and was on my OPT, but she also offered creative ideas that were specific to my vocation so I could build my portfolio and evidence to make a compelling case. Working on my O-1 was not just an opportunity to be awarded a US visa, it also gave me the opportunity to build on my portfolio and contacts, and Jane’s office gave me the resources to do that. Her office worked very hard on my case, communicating and checking in with me on a regular basis. By the time my case was submitted, I felt much more confident about my achievements as a poet and at my chances of having the case approved.

My case was approved the first time around within two months and I feel I owe that to Jane for her careful, thorough, and creative planning in submitting my O-1 application.

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由於朋友先前成功獲准了O1簽證,她便向我推薦Jane。由於剛畢業,又正處在OPT簽證的階段,一開始申請時,Jane不只實事求是地解釋我案子的困難度,更提供了針對我的專業且富有創意的點子,使得我的申請書從眾多案子裡脫穎而出。由於Jane與她的團隊廣大的資源,與其合作,不光幫助我成功申請簽證,更擴展了我在文學界的人脈。Jane的團隊為我的案子付出了許多努力,包括在申請過程中與我保持聯繫,加上詳盡的解釋,當我遞出申請書時,我對自己達成的成就更有自信了,也抱有案子通過的信心。

由於Jane的細心、毅力、富有創意地處理我的案子,使得我在首次申請後的兩個月便獲得批准,為此,我深表感激。