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Have you devoted your time, energy, and resources into education or research? The next destination of your endeavor may be the United States. If you have extraordinary abilities as an educator or researcher, you may qualify for an O-1A visa, which is a 3-year renewable visa reserved for certain individuals in the fields of science, education, business, or athletics. While this is a broad set of industries, obtaining an O-1 visa requires diligent preparation, substantial documentation, and an in-depth understanding of what USCIS needs to see before approving an application.

At Oakhurst Legal Group, we have extensive experience helping foreign educators and researchers obtain legal status in the United State. Our Charlotte educator visa attorneys can guide you through the application process, help you avoid common pitfalls, and present your case in the best possible lighting.

Let’s begin with a consultation. Call our office at (704) 288-1003 or reach out to us online today.

How to Qualify for an O-1A Visa

To qualify for an O-1A visa, you not only have to possess extraordinary abilities—you must demonstrate those abilities within your application. Proof generally involves sustained national or international recognition or achievement. Essentially, you must convince USCIS that you are a leader in your field, and your expertise surpasses that of most of your peers. Additionally, you must be visiting the U.S. solely to work in the field of your aforementioned abilities.

USCIS specifically looks for at least 3 of the following qualifications:

  • Receipt of prizes or awards at a national or international level
  • Membership in associations that require outstanding achievements or expertise
  • Original contributions to the field in a scientific, academic, or business-related capacity
  • Original authorship of academic articles in professional journals or media
  • Material in major publications or media about the applicant’s work
  • A notably high salary (as compared to others in the field)
  • Participation as a judge (on a panel or individually), evaluating the work of others in the industry
  • Critical or essential employment for distinguished organizations

If you have received a Nobel Prize or similarly recognized award, you do not need to meet the above qualifications. USCIS also allows you to submit alternative evidence if the above factors do not readily apply to your field.

If you qualify for the O-1A visa, we can also help you obtain legal status for your family members through the O-3 visa category.

If you have skills, ideas, or research you need to share with the world, let us help you advance your cause. Give our educator visa lawyers in Charlotte a call at (704) 288-1003 or contact us online today.

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  • Successful Petition for E-2 Visas Auto Investor Ari Heikkinen and Wife Kaarina Received E-2 Visas

    Sherrod Seward of Oakhurst Legal Group successfully petitioned for E-2 investor visas for Finland national Ari Heikkinen and his spouse, Kaarina Heikkinen.

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    Client was found not guilty at trial due to a successful litigation strategy crafted and used by Attorney Harris.

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    Client charged with felony inciting a riot. After disputing the evidence presented by the D.A. and noting their obvious lack of evidence, this case was dismissed prior to trial.

  • Successful Case Dismissal Felony Possession of Marijuana Charge

    Client charged with possession of marijuana for edible foods. After disputing the lack of evidence and proof in the case, charges were dismissed prior to trial.

  • Successful Case Dismissal Local Ordinance Violation

    Client charged with violating a local ordinance. Attorney Harris argued that the ordinance itself was unlawful therefore, in the interest of justice the case should be dismissed prior to trial.

  • Three-Year Visa Approved Obaika Racing, LLC President and CEO Approved for Three-Year Visa

    We effectively petitioned for a three-year approval for Obaika Racing, LLC superstar Victor Obaika’s L-1A status.

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