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Aug, 2017

New_York_NYC-1We have had 64 O-1 approvals through August 15 2017, mostly for artists and designers who work as independent contractors and use an agent-petitioner for filing purposes. Some of them have foreign employers as well. Many applicants were on student visas.

Recent approvals include first- time three- year O-1 visas for the Filipino composer, Joshua Cerdinia, a recent graduate of the Juilliard School of Music; as well as for Italian arts journalist, Angelica Frey, a master’s degree graduate from New York University (NYU); Australian beauty writer and consultant, Judy Chapman; Japanese composer and songwriter, Yosuke Hoguchi; and Japanese hair stylist, Takashi Shinpei. We also obtained first time three- year O-1 visas for Cypriot urban/architectural designer, Despo Thoma, a recent graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning & Preservation (GSAPP) as well as for a Mexican technical designer who graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, an Indonesian photographer who graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an Indian reporter who received a Master’s degree in Journalist from NYU. All of these cases were approved without a Request for Evidence within a two-three- week timeframe.

In July 2017, we obtained an O-1 visa for the recently established New York office of the Japanese digital advertising agency, Birdman. Applications for start-ups must be given special care but where there is a foreign entity that can provide initial funding and support, the chances are good.

We are currently working on O-1 visas for a Swiss-Turkish curator, a Korean product designer, a Chinese industrial designer and his assistant, a Scottish fitness coach, Moroccan architect, a Mexican fashion knitwear designer, a Canadian wedding photographer, a Canadian watercolor artist, a Peruvian architect, an Indian user experience designer, an Indian cartoonist/illustrator and several hair stylists and make-up artists. Some of these cases are for recent graduates and we are working on building up the evidence.

We have recently had several cap H-1B approvals that were filed in April 2017. Despite the onslaught of RFE’s, in particular for Level 1 salaries, we obtained direct approvals for a Chinese paralegal (recent LLM graduate on OPT), a Chinese accountant who recently graduated with a US master’s degree in Accounting who was sponsored by Civic Entertainment LLC in New York, a Chinese Safety Engineer on OPT with a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and an Indian Project Manager on OPT with a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University. Both engineers were sponsored by our client, Henick-Lane. Inc.

On the immigrant visa (Green Card) front, we obtained an I-140 approval based on a certified PERM for the Director of a fashion retail business based in New York with its head office in Japan. Due to the fact that the company’s tax returns showed a net loss and the applicant was being paid below the prevailing wage, this was a challenging case but it was approved based on a substantial amount of supplemental documentation. Our labor certification for a Director of Business Development from Thailand sponsored by a start-up company was approved in May 2017 after eight weeks.

We are proud to contribute to the cultural diversity and talent pool of the United States.

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May, 2017

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

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:  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.

Spanish videographer, Alvaro Colom

Spanish videographer, Alvaro Colom

French pastry chef, Julie Myrtille

French pastry chef, Julie Myrtille

Chinese architectural designer, Jun Deng

Chinese architectural designer, Jun Deng


Apr, 2017

Contrary to popular expectations, we continue to experience smooth processing for visas and Green Cards for all nationalities.  We recently received an approval for an H-1B which no other lawyer wanted to take. The Italian-Iranian national had gotten an H-1B four years ago and was laid off about 6 weeks later. Thereafter, she just stayed on in the USA. Finally, she came to us and we devised a strategy to submit a new H-1B, building upon her work experience in the Italian food industry and her degree in Public Relations. She was sponsored for a part-time position by an Italian food company.  We provided extensive documentation on the Italian company as well as on her prior work experience in the field. The case was pending for almost a year, during which time she had to leave the US as her initial 3-year visa ran out. The case was approved in February 2017.

Our Extraordinary Ability Green Card petitions for Iranian muralist/street artist, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, was approved in a matter of days in early 2017 using the Premium Processing service, as was our EB-1 for a Spanish film director in the US on an F-2 visa.

We have had twenty O-1 approvals so far in 2017. Average processing times for these cases, using traditional processing, was 2-3 weeks. Our O-1 petition for a Japanese storyteller/magician was approved this month.  Other O-1 cases approved in 2017 include a Japanese badminton player, a Korean instrumentalist, a Greek hip-hop dancer, a Chinese painter, a graphic designer from Norway, a Japanese curator, and several architectural designers from Korea and China. Japanese hair stylist, Keita Watanabe, Chinese art critic and writer, Haowen Li, had their cases approved in ten days, as did a Japanese multidisciplinary artist.

We also overcame a harsh and unjustified RFE for Japanese costume designer, Saori Mitome, who applied for a three-year extension of her existing O-1 visa.  See for some of Saori’s riveting designs.   The case was approved three days after we submitted our response.

Please see the O-1 page for O-1 charts for 2016 and 2017. Please see our testimonials section for comments from our clients.

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Jan, 2017

We are continuing to receive good news for our O-1 visa clients. Recent approvals include an O-1 visa for a Brazilian photographer, as well as for Venezuelan wedding photographer, Diego Velazquez. (See Diego’s comments below.) Additional approvals were obtained for a Japanese music producer, a Chinese arts coordinator applying for her first O-1 visa; a Japanese fashion graphic designer and for a Korean Fashion Consultant/Trend Analyst working for a start-up online fashion shopping portal  Some of our stronger cases are being approved in record time. Earlier this month, we submitted an O-1 renewal for a Japanese hairstylist which was receipted on January 11 and approved on January 19!

We are most excited that one of our Extraordinary Ability Green Card petition for a Spanish filmmaker, was sent to Premium Processing in early January and was approved within three days! This is the fastest time in which one of our EB-1A cases has been approved.

We are excited to announce that the terms of the National Interest Waiver have changed. The new criteria are more flexible and this means more of our clients will be eligible to apply for a green card through the National Interest Waiver. Please see the National Interest Waiver section on our website for more information.

As of January 17, 2017, an amendment of the regulations allows a grace period of up to 60 consecutive days during each visa validity period for individuals on H-1B, H-1B1, L-1, O-1, E-1, E-2, E-3 and TN visas. This allows these visa holders to find new employment in their field if their employment ceases prior to the end of their petition validity period and gives employers more time to sponsor them.

Under the Final International Entrepreneur Rule, foreign entrepreneurs who can demonstrate that their stay in the United States will provide significant benefit through the potential for rapid business growth and job creation will be granted a period of authorized stay.

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Nov, 2016

Dollar bill USCIS Fees Increase 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced an increase in fees by about 20%. This is required for most immigration applications and petitions. The new fees will be effective on December 23, 2016.


Visa Stamping Passport

Many people do a change of status in the US and then wonder if they really need to go to the US Consulate in their home country in order to get the actual visa stamp. Often, it is very expensive and time-consuming to fly all the way back to Asia when one has the option of going to a US Consulate in, say, Canada or Europe. Our Advice: If you have done a change of status from F-1 to O-1, it is much safer to return to your home country for the visa stamp.

Ballroom dancerGood News for Ballroom Dancers 

The Vermont Service Center announced recently that ballroom dancers will be adjudicated under the O-1B arts criteria, which is good news for all our Latin/Ballroom dancers who want O-1 visas. For some time now, the Service has been placing these dancers in the more restrictive O-1A Athletics category.

I-751 Removal of Conditional Residence

We continue to maintain a robust family Immigration practice. Most I-751 Removal of Conditional Residence applications filed by our office are approved without an RFE. Processing time at the Vermont Service Center is around 11 months. Items of importance to include in a submission are a joint lease, health insurance and co-mingled finances.

Architect Approval

We are happy to report that another architect O-1 case filed by our office was approved in record time. Colombian architect, Julian Uribe, received his O-1 Approval in November 2016 after filing for a change of status from F-1. The case was filed in August 2016 using standard processing. Julian writes:

IMG_7189“After meeting with other lawyers who were not supportive or willing to take a look at my case for the O-1 visa, a friend, that had her O-1 approved, suggested I talk to Jane about my case. Jane was very honest and encouraging from the beginning. The case demanded a lot of work from both parties; despite having little time to prepare all my documents, the process was made straight-forward with Jane’s guidance, support, interest and meticulousness in how the information was presented. Her professionalism gave me confidence in having a positive outcome for my application. I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity of working with Jane and her team in my case and getting the O-1 visa approved.”

“Después de reunirme con otros abogados que no mostraban su apoyo o que no estaban  dispuestos a ver mi caso para aplicar a la visa O-1, una amiga, que tenía su visa O-1 aprobada, sugirió que hablara con Jane sobre mi caso. Jane fue muy honesta y alentadora desde el principio. Mi caso demandó mucho trabajo de ambas partes; A pesar de tener poco tiempo para preparar todos mis documentos, el proceso fue sencillo y directo con la orientación, el apoyo, el interés y la meticulosidad de Jane en cómo presentar la información. Su profesionalismo me dio confianza en tener un resultado positivo. Me siento muy agradecido de haber tenido la oportunidad de trabajar con Jane y su equipo en mi caso y así conseguir la visa O-1.”

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Nov, 2016

Work Policy

pexels-photoOur strategy for all visa applications is to prepare the application as carefully and thoroughly as possible so it is approved immediately. As of November 2016, we had have not received a single Request for Evidence (“RFE”) for any of the O-1 visas that we filed in 2016. That means that all fifty-seven (57) O-1 visa applications filed by our office in 2016 have been approved outright. The same applies to the Extraordinary Ability Green Cards we filed in 2016. This is compared to numerous law offices who receive RFEs 50% of the time. While our rates may be higher than those of other law offices, we rarely build a charge for an RFE into our retainer. That is because (unless we have warned the client their case is not strong) we prepare the case to go through the first time. While other lawyers may at first appear to be less expensive, and offer free consultations, they often charge an additional $1,500-$2,000 for responding to RFEs. RFEs are very stressful, expensive and time-consuming, and they can slow down the process by months. It may seem attractive to take a risk with a “less expensive” lawyer, but we believe it is better to work with a lawyer who has an exceptional track record, and for the clients to save themselves the great possibility of anxiety, as well as extra time and fees, and ultimately, the risk of denial.  The reason we charge a consultation fee before we agree to take on a case is in order to examine all documents in detail, brainstorm with the client, and discuss strategy and process. Thorough analysis and review at the start pays huge dividends.

What is a Request for Evidence (“RFE”)?

pexels-photo-197837An RFE occurs when the Immigration Service requires additional evidence to continue processing a visa application. The missing evidence might be something quite basic, such as a certified translation of a birth certificate, or it might be something more complex. In the latter case, the Immigration Officer may be questioning whether the evidence submitted is strong enough to meet the criteria for a particular visa. For an H-1B, does the evidence show that the position in question is really a specialty occupation? For an O-1 visa, does the evidence submitted show that the applicant really meets the criteria of extraordinary ability? Our policy is to submit a very thorough and detailed application up front and thus to avoid receiving an RFE, which causes anxiety and delay.


Oct, 2016

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 12, 2015: Interior of the Queen Victoria Building in Sidney, Australia. It is a late 19th century building designed by George McRae in the central business district of Sydney.Current processing time for the O-1 petitions at the Vermont Service Center is three to four months. We have however had a string of approvals over the last couple of months. We believe the Vermont office may be settling down on the O-1 front as we have not received any RFEs since February of this year. The California Service Center is now taking around six weeks to adjudicate the O-1 petitions.

We continue to successfully process O-1 visa applications for architects and architectural designers.  We received approvals in September for two Chinese landscape architects, Yadan Luo and Zheming “Taro” Cai. These were filed using the Premium Processing service and were approved within 15 days. Korean architectural designer, Jaebong Jeon, who was sponsored by noted architecture firm, Populous, also received an approval within 15 days through the Premium Processing service. All three applicants were on F-1 (OPT). Please see their comments below.

Yuya Yoshida photo

Yuya Yoshida, Graphic Designer

We obtained a three year O-1 visa for Japanese photographer, Iori Tajika. Other recent three year  approvals include Canadian “vlogger,” Nadine Sykora (approved in two weeks with premium processing), Japanese graphic designer, Yuya Yoshida, who did a change of status from F-1, a Japanese hairstylist and British hip-hop dancer, Ashleigh Wadforth-Frost. I

Iranian painter, Parviz Moazez, received an 0-2 Approval to assist renowned Iranian street artist, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, who received his 0-1 visa recently through our office. Both artists are signed with our client, Howard Griffin Gallery, and are working on a mural for the Greenway Wall at Dewey Square Park in Boston.


Demonstration by Kihachiro Nishiura

We also recently received National Interest Waiver Green Card approvals for Japanese classical artist, Kihachiro Nishiura, and for a Canadian baritone/voice instructor. We had previously obtained P and O visas for both applicants. Both of these were approved without a Request for Evidence (“RFE.”)

We have been receiving a lot of emails from potential clients who mention they would like an O-1, but they work in different areas. They have spoken to lawyers who have told them they can ONLY apply as a writer or musician when in fact they want to work as a writer/actress/producer or as a musician/composer/songwriter. We have 20 years of experience and great success in doing “crossover” O-1s where we skillfully combine different fields to work in related, interdisciplinary areas. For a consultation, please contact or call (212) 791-3230.

Testimonials from our clients:

Yadan Luo:

“申请o1无疑是我人生中非常重要的一场旅途。这场旅途的过程不甚艰辛,而结果则令人兴奋。然而最让我印象深刻的,是旅途中竭力帮助过我的人们! Jane便是其中非常重要的一位。在申请之前,Jane在浏览过我的简历后,凭专业知识便判断出我有通过申请的可能并且帮助我和我的雇主建立起初步的信心。申请前期,根据我景观设计师的个人专业背景,Jane提供了非常详细的,具有针对性的申请准备材料清单。申请中期,Jane在初审我的材料以后,给出了非常具体的要求,或者说是压力。迫使我去面对,挑战自己最弱的一面。虽然当时艰辛异常,但却收获丰富,甚至也许对我的将来意义深远。在申请后期,Jane和她的团队帮我逐字逐句审核每一页申请材料,并且以此为论据,整理出一份极具说服力的申请文书。非常幸运在人生的重要关头能遇见Jane这样一位经验丰富,能力非凡的律师!”


Yadan Luo, Landscape Architect

“Applying O1 visa is absolutely an unmemorable journey in my life. The process is tough and the result is fabulous! However the most memorable part during the application is all the PEOPLE that help me get through this challenge. Jane is absolutely one of the most important people and her help is irreplaceably significant!

Before the application, Jane was evaluated my resume precisely and give a positive feedback by her professional experience, which helped me and my employer built a basic confident for my case. At the beginning of my application, Jane provided a very precise material list based on my landscape architecture background. At the middle application stages, after I send her my rough material, Jane provide a long list comments, or let’s say pressures, to push me out of my comfortable zone and challenging my weakest part. It is not an easy process but I really gained a lot, not only for the application, but also for my whole careers. At the end of the application, Jane and her team went though all of my materials word by word, and generate a super convincing application package. I feel super lucky to have Jane’s help during the O1 visa application. She is FANTASTIC and I cannot get the visa without her help!!!!”

 Zheming “Taro” Cai:

“I am a Chinese landscape architect who was on F-1 (OPT).  My H-1B application was not chosen in the lottery system so I had to apply for an O-1 very quickly in order to keep my job at a prominent landscape design firm. Jane Orgel came highly recommended and I’m so glad she was my lawyer! Jane and her team worked extremely hard with me to prepare the most detailed application. She was incredibly attentive, taking the time to explain the complexities of the case to me and answering emails in a timely fashion. The case was approved within 14 days. Thank you, Jane!”

DUBAI, UAE - DECEMBER 19: Shoppers at Mall of the Emirates on December 19, 2013 in Dubai. Mall of the Emirates is a shopping mall before christmas in the Al Barsha district of Dubai.Jaebong Jeon:

“I am most grateful to Jane and her team for their swift work on my O-1 visa. I was an architecture student on F-1 (OPT) working as an architectural designer at Populous, an international architectural design and planning firm that has designed more than 2,000 projects worth $40 billion over the past 30 years. I was not selected in the H-1B lottery and had just a few months to gather evidence for an O-1 application and have it approved on time to continue work with Populous. Jane gave me the tools to prepare the evidence and portfolio, and she created a thorough and convincing application for USCIS. My application was approved in less than 15 days thanks to Jane and her excellent team.”

“저는 제인과 그녀의 팀의 신속한 일 처리 능력에 감사드립니다. 저는 건축전공 학생으로 O-1 비자 신청 당시 F-1 (OPT)을 가지고, 30 년간 2,000 개 이상, 40억 달러에 달하는 프로젝트를  진행한 국제 건축 설계 회사인 Populous에서 일하고 있었습니다. 저는 H-1B 추첨에서 탈락되어  O-1 비자를 신청한 경우로,  Populous에서 차질없이 일하기 위해서는 준비할 수 있는 시간이 몇 달 밖에 되지 않았습니다. 제인은 비자신청을 위한 포트폴리오 준비와 철저하고 설득력 있는 비자신청서를 만들 수 있도록 도와주었고, 저의 비자신청서는 접수한 지 15일 안에 승인되었습니다.”

Iori Tajika:


Photo by Iori Tajika

“I successfully obtained my O-1 visa through Jane’s office. I did not know anything about the O-1 visa when I first came to her office but they explained it all to me. I had a lot of material and evident in Japanese and they did an excellent job researching and translating for me. I am so thankful to Jane and her team for their tireless efforts.”

We are proud to have gotten yet another straight three year O-1 approval for Japanese hat designer, Tsuyumi. We got Tsuyumi her first O-1 in 2004 and she has had all her O-1s approved since without receiving a single RFE!

Tsuyumi Kumazaki:


Tsuyumi Fall/Winter 2016 Collection

“I am a Japanese Fashion and Accessories Designer and I have been Jane Orgel’s client for 12 years now, since 2004, when we applied for my very first O-1 visa! I recently got yet another three year approval through Jane’s office. Each case has been an agent case with no full-time employer as I am basically self-employed and create and sell my own designs through different retail outlets. Each O-1 has been approved without a Request for Evidence(“RFE”).It is always a delight to work with Jane who makes a difficult and stressful process very seamless. Her work is always meticulous and she strives to document my career in a detailed, organized, and compelling way. I’m so grateful to Jane for all her hard work.”


Jul, 2016

Processing time for the O-1 at the Vermont Service Center continues to be fairly slow, with approvals taking 8-10 weeks.   Marriage-based cases are taking around 5 months till the interview date at the New York District Office while the I-751 Applications to Remove Conditional Residence are taking around 8-9 months.

Recent O-1 approvals include four photographers—a news photographer (Australia), two fashion photographers (UK, France), and a fine art photographer (Japan), as well an interior architect (Japan), architectural designer (Korea), two hip-hop dancers (Canada, Italy), an Australian musical theater performer, a ballet dancer (Greece), and three Japanese nationals, including a DJ/music producer, hair stylist, Shin Sato, and graphic designer, Sho Shibuya. Most of these are agent cases where the artist is self-employed. These cases are scrutinized quite closely by the Immigration Service.

Our PERM labor certification for a Japanese CEO for a fashion and lifestyle boutique in New York was approved in less than four months, as was our labor certification for the New York-based Korean tattoo artist, Cheo Reom Park.  Please read about Cheo Park here.

Finally, in June, our Extraordinary Ability Green Card case (self-petition) for Australian creative director Matthew Ryan was approved in 7 (seven) days with the Premium Processing service.

In other news, nationals of Israel can now enter China as visitors without obtaining visas. Israel is the only third country, after the USA and Canada, to be afforded this privilege.


matthew-ryanMr. Ryan writes about his experience with Jane Orgel, Esq. below:

“Jane was instrumental in the quick and efficient approval of my EB-1A. She was meticulous and honest in analyzing my case, pointed out missing materials, and was extremely helpful in helping me gather whatever was missing. Once she had all my materials in hand, Jane was able to turn around my case swiftly, and at the same time, make a strong argument for the approval of my case which came within a week of filing. I am very grateful to Jane for her proficiency.”



sho shibuyaMr. Sho Shibuya is a Japanese graphic designer. He graduated from the Aoyama Design School in Tokyo, Japan, and spent five years working as a graphic designer in Tokyo before moving to New York in 2011. Most recently, he has been working for the Javas Lehn Studio, creating designs for eminent companies and artistic individuals.

“I am very grateful to Jane for her help. Her office only had a very short amount of time to prepare my case, and Jane answered all my questions promptly, even at night. My case was an agent case which is more complex. It was approved in May 2016 and I am thrilled to say I just got my three year visa stamp. Many thanks to Jane!”



Mr. Shin Sato is a Japanese hairstylist with more than 25 years of experience in the field. He writes:

“Jane was extremely efficient in helping me achieve a renewal of my O-1. She understood my profession and what makes Japanese hairstyling and my particular skills so unique. She was very clear about what materials I needed to gather and how to make the application a success. I strongly recommend her office!”


Apr, 2016

Anat Zuria, an Israeli documentary filmmaker was approved for her first O-1 in April 2016. Ms. Zuria’s groundbreaking work on issues of gender, sexuality, women’s rights, and religion has been recognized world-wide. She has presented work in film festivals and master classes all around the world. Her films include The Lesson, Black Bus, Sentenced to Marriage, and Purity.


Korean architectural designer Sang Hwa Lee was approved for an O-1 visa in April 2016. Mr. Lee has been approved for O-1s previously and he had a full-time employer/sponsor. Over the years, Mr. Lee has won numerous awards and accolades in his field and is most celebrated for his ground-breaking “bike hanger” design. On working with Jane Orgel, Mr. Lee writes:

Sang Hwa Lee“This wasn’t my first time applying for an O-1B visa. In the past I had worked with a number of immigration consultants that varied widely in terms of level of service. After realizing I had no room for error when it came to my immigration status I set out to find the best service I could find. Recommendations from numerous peers made it clear that Jane was widely considered to be one of the most reliable and professional attorneys in the industry. Through her professional assistance I was able to get my O-1B petition approved quickly and efficiently.”

여러 명의 이민변호사와 일을 해본 결과 사무실마다 서비스의 격이 다르다는 것을 깨달았습니다. 체류문제에 있어서는 시행착오가 있을 수 없다는 사실을 알기에 가장 신뢰할 수 있는 이민변호사를 찾기로 결심하였습니다. 동종업계에 비자로 일하고 있는 많은 주변지인들에게 수소문한 결과 Jane이 가장 전문적이고 신뢰도 넘치는 이민변호사 중 하나라는 사실을 알게 되었습니다.  Jane의 서비스 덕분에 저의 O-1B 비자가 신속하고 효과적으로 승인되었습니다.


We are also delighted that Katy Lee, a Taiwanese jewelry designer was approved for her first O-1 in April 2016. Ms. Lee is the Creative Director and Jewelry Katy Lee
Designer at Gold Philosophy, a company she founded in May 2011. Her testimonial is below:

“Jane came highly recommended and she definitely live up to the expectation and beyond. O-1 visa can be very complicated; however, Jane’s attention to detail, experience and professionalism has made the process simple and straight forward. She is very patient in analyzing your situation with sound suggestions and advise.  Questions were never left unanswered for more than 24 hours.

All the documents and material she prepared indicates thorough understanding of the industry and individuals.  Submission materials are very organized and clear, which provide strong confidence in visa approval.  And yes, I’ve just got my O-1 Visa, thanks to Jane :)”


Apr, 2016

In 2015, we filed a total of 68 O-1 visa applications, and all of them were approved. Only 11 received a Request For Evidence (“RFE”), which is a very small percentage. Many of our cases went straight through, even the more challenging ones, such as first time F-1 Student applicants on their Optional Practical Training (“OPT”). None of our cases were denied. You can see the full list on the O-1 visa section of our website.

Many applicants have been coming to us from other lawyers because their O-1 visas have been denied. Whilst we do an initial email consultation at no charge, we do charge a consultation fee for a full, comprehensive Skype or office meeting with the client  because we believe it’s important to review your materials carefully and analyze the case in depth so we can give an honest opinion on the chances of whether or not we can successfully re-file the case.

The same policy applies to all potential clients. We believe that a comprehensive review of your resume and all your documents reaps HUGE dividends. Before the consultation, we will instruct you as to what documents to provide. With the applicant-client, we brainstorm, make suggestions, get information and together, we come up with the best strategy for your case. Often, the applicants do not realize how much more material and information they can obtain in support of their case. Is a consultation fee expensive? Not really, when you compare the value you get and contrast it to the value of a superficial free “consultation” which results in the denial of your case or, at best, a lengthy and complex RFE.

In other news, we are delighted to announce the approval of two first-time O-1 applicants, both of whom did a change of status from F-1/OPT to O-1. Please read about Jaena Kwon and Alejandro Yoshii Kasuga.


Japanese-Mexican multidisciplinary artist, Alejandro Yoshii Kasuga, obtained his O-1 visa in February 2016 through a change of status from F-1 to O-1. Alejandro writes:

Alejandro Yoshii Kasuga“I am very grateful to Jane and her great team because, through their experience and diligent work, I obtained my O-1 visa. The process of preparing the application for the visa was very stressful. I had very little time and many things to gather but since the beginning Jane was very clear about what I needed to gather, she guided me through the process, responding to my e-mails very quickly and precisely.”

“Estoy muy agradecido con Jane y su gran equipo porque con su experiencia y eficaz forma de trabajar pude obtener mi visa O-1.

Fue muy estresante el proceso para preparar la aplicación de mi visa. Tenía muy poco tiempo y muchas cosas que recolectar, pero desde un inicio Jane siempre fue muy clara en las cosas que necesitaba, ella me guió durante todo el proceso respondiendo a mis correos electrónicos de manera rápida y precisa.

Realmente aprecio el profesionalismo y arduo trabajo de Jane, Kimiko y todo su equipo que trabaja en la firma. Muchas gracias.”


Jaena Kwon’s O-1 visa was approved in January 2016. Jaena had been on OPT and changed her status from the F-1 Student visa to the O-1. Jaena is a Fine Artist and Conservator from Korea who had many small exhibitions and pieces of evidence. Her letters had to be carefully drafted and the support letter drafted by our office to present her case had to be detailed and convincing. Here are Jaena’s comments:jane-kwon

“One of my friends who also got her O-1visa recommended Jane. She said that Jane would help me prepare the papers in detail. Since it was my first time preparing an O-1 application, I needed good guidance and Jane was always available and promptly answered my questions. She gave me instructions on how to proceed step by step.  All the materials Jane prepared for me were not only professional but they were also based in a good understanding of art. The best part was her letter which organized my materials in  very clear and persuasive way. After seeing the finalized package and her letter before the submission, I could tell that I am going to get the visa. And I did. She cared about details of work and made me well prepared. It was pleasant experience working with Jane.”

“O-1비자를 먼저 받은 친구가 추천을 해줘서 제인과 일하게 되었습니다. 제인이 자료를 디테일하게 준비해줄거라며 추천해줬고, 케이스 진행을 했습니다. O-1준비를 처음 해보는 것이라 제대로된 방향제시가 필요했는데, 제인은 항상 답변을 신속히 해주면서 한단계 한단계 진행을 해나가도록 도움을 주었습니다. 제인이 준비해준 자료들은 미술적인 지식에 기반해 있었기에 신뢰가 갔고 가장 마음에 들었던 부분은 편지였는데, 제 자료들을 명확하고 설득력있게 정리를 해놓았습니다. 정부에 제출을 하기전에 편지와 제 자료들을 보자 비자를 받을수 있겠다는 생각이 들었고 실제로 문제없이 받을수 있었습니다. 제인은 일의 디테일까지 꼼꼼히 신경쓰며 제가 잘 준비가 되게끔 도와주었고, 케이스를 제인과 진행한 것은 좋은 경험이었습니다.”