If you are an exceptional individual in the arts seeking to work and live in the United States, the O-1A visa may be the perfect solution for you. This non-immigrant visa is designed for individuals who possess extraordinary abilities in the sciences, arts, business, athletics, or education. Our immigration attorneys at Zneimer & Zneimer have analyzed this criterion and what is required to meet it. This criterion requires evidence of the display of the applicant’s work in the field at artistic exhibitions or showcases. Here’s what you need to know to demonstrate your eligibility:
- Determine whether the work that was displayed is your work product: The description of this type of evidence in the regulation provides that the work must be the applicant‘s.
- Determine whether the venues (virtual or otherwise) where your work was displayed were artistic exhibitions or showcases: Webster’s online dictionary defines an exhibition as a public showing and a showcase as a setting, occasion, or medium for exhibiting something or someone, especially in an attractive or favorable aspect.
To demonstrate that the venues where your work was displayed were artistic exhibitions or showcases, you should provide evidence that the event was organized by a recognized arts organization, gallery, or museum. You should also provide evidence of the quality of the event, such as reviews, media coverage, or testimonials from other artists or art critics. In other words, you have to document the organization, the venue, and the event itself.
If your work was displayed in a virtual venue, such as an online exhibition or showcase, you should provide evidence that the event was organized by a recognized arts organization or that the virtual venue has a significant following or audience.
At Zneimer & Zneimer, our team of experienced immigration attorneys can help you gather the necessary evidence to demonstrate that you meet the O-1A criteria, including the criterion related to the display of your work in the field at artistic exhibitions or showcases. We understand the complex requirements of the visa application process and can guide you through each step to ensure that your application is strong and convincing.
Don’t let the complexity of the application process deter you from pursuing your dreams of working and living in the United States. Contact Zneimer & Zneimer immigration attorneys today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you obtain your O-1A visa.