We are continuing to get swift O-1 visa approvals from USCIS, about two to three weeks with standard processing at the Vermont Service Center. We have not experienced any negative effects since the new administration took over. We have also not experienced problems at the various U.S. consulates regarding visa issuance.
We filed 76 O-1 visas in 2016 and 75 were approved. So far in 2017, we have received 37 approvals, no denials and three cases are pending.
Recent approvals have included Spanish videographer, Alvaro Colom; Chinese architectural designer Jun Deng; Greek hip- hop dancer, Paraskevi Karataidou; Chinese painter Kun Wang; French pastry chef Julie Myrtille (and her manager on an O-2 visa), a Korean violinist, a Japanese hairstylist, a Japanese make-up artist, a Japanese sound designer, a Japanese graphic designer/artist, a French painter and a very young Australian model.
Each year, we successfully handle multiple O-1 visa applications for designers, architects, and others who were not selected in the H-1B lottery and we encourage people to send a detailed resume or CV for a free email evaluation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 International Medical Graduates (IMGs) on J-1 visas who seek to obtain J-1 visa waivers through a interested government agency should start the search as soon as possible to ensure there is enough time to process the waiver application. There are two steps for J-1 IMGs to become employed after residency – 1. Apply for the J-1 waiver and 2. Apply for an H-1B (cap exempt). The entire process can take between 5-9 months depending on processing times through the Department of State and USCIS. For a brief overview of the process, please go here: http://janeorgel.com/documents-for-physicians-nurses/. If you are seeking a J-1 waiver to avoid returning to your home country for two years, there are several options available to you. We can guide you on what types of employers to seek out or can put you in touch with knowledgeable physician recruiters that are familiar with the types of employers qualified to sponsor J-1 waivers.