Immigration Blog

Book Excerpt: Benefits of an O-1 Visa over an H-1B

Considering the limitations of the H-1B visa, we encourage our clients to consider alternative work visas, such as the O-1 visa. Here is an excerpt from the “O-1 Visa for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievements” chapter in Giselle Carson’s book Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, which is available for purchase on Amazon. Overview The O-1 visa is especially helpful for highly accomplished athletes, […]

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Immigration Success Story: O-1A Visa Extension for Extraordinary Ability Individuals

Sports Medicine Clinical Trainer from Argentina The Marks Gray Immigration Team regularly helps clients petition for O-1A Visas for Extraordinary Ability Individuals. This month, we are highlighting a success story of a Sports Medicine Clinical Trainer from Argentina. After receiving his approval, our client said, “Thank you very much for this wonderful news and for all your support through this process.” We prepared a strong petition containing references from experts in his field, press about […]

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Arbitrary and Unpredictable Consular Visa Processing Requests and Delays

As part of the executive order “Buy American and Hire American”, we are now seeing and hearing about arbitrary and unpredictable consular visa processing requests and delays. These include processing for L-1 multinational managers or specialized knowledge employees; E-2 investors; O-1 extraordinary alien; and H-1B professional workers after USCIS has already approved the petition. This trend is unfortunately likely to continue because the Department of State updated the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), which it uses as guidance […]

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