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Film Industry Professionals

Film Industry Visa Attorneys in Charlotte

Serving Clients in North Carolina & Nationwide

Film, television, and other visual arts industry projects require the help of a team of talented workers. Oakhurst Legal Group provides immigration services for top film industry professionals looking to obtain temporary or permanent visas. Our unique skill set can guide foreign nationals in any department of the filmmaking process to obtain employment authorization for a variety of conditions and purposes.

From fundraising, casting, and filming to post-production and distribution, our attorneys understand the unique issues, affairs, and challenges that commonly occur, as well as how talented foreign nationals from other countries fill critical employment needs in the U.S. We can help you explore immigration options that help you stay in the United States through adjustment of status, and we can also assist in expediting visas through consular processing for international film workers abroad.

To learn more about our Charlotte visa services for film industry professionals, call (704) 288-1003 or contact us online today. We can get started with a free consultation.

The Professionals We Serve

Even before a film crew is assembled and the camera starts rolling, film producers and casters spend months of planning to make sure sets are up and working smoothly. In addition to actors and other performers, we help film production companies, movie studios, and news organizations obtain work authorization for front-end employees from other countries. We work with the entire menu of immigration options to apply for temporary business visas for international film professionals to stay in the United States.

We are the premier resource for film and television professionals and their support staff. Our law firm prides itself on addressing the unique immigration needs of:

  • Actors
  • Stagehands
  • Comedians
  • Voice-over actors
  • Theater professionals
  • Podcasters and radio talk show hosts
  • Pilot show creators
  • Film producers
  • Casting personnel
  • Front office executives
  • Film directors and assistants
  • Cinematography and photography directors
  • Location managers and set construction
  • Publicists and marketing professionals

In short, we work with all types of professionals who demonstrate the extraordinary talents needed to qualify for O-1, O-2, E-2, and EB-1A visas. Visas can be petitioned by production companies, studios, U.S. agents, and many other individuals.

In-Depth Knowledge of All Entertainment Visas

At Oakhurst Legal Group, we have strengthened our immigration solutions for professional actors and related industries by performing research on industry needs and forming relationships with the governing bodies in the United States. Visas for film industry professionals are highly specific and complex, and we are the team that can handle this niche area of law.

Over the years, USCIS and immigration conditions have changed, and so have the immigration requirements for entertainment industry professionals. In the past, many acting professionals used B visitor visas to travel to the United States. Now, however, the Department of Homeland Security is exceedingly adamant that employers apply for the proper visa if working in the United States.

Because the film industry tends to be project-oriented, regulations allow for certain O-1 visa holders to assist on multiple projects without obtaining labor certifications. In addition, O-1 visa holders can obtain concurrent O-1 approval but must be careful to manage which visa they return on at a US consulate if they leave the country.

The O-1 visa is appropriate for acting and entertainment professionals who have a record of outstanding achievements in their particular field and can prove it with credible evidence. Our film industry visa lawyers in Charlotte are incredibly efficient and thorough in helping our clients demonstrate their eligibility for extraordinary ability visas to USCIS.

Let Our Team Help You Share Your Talent with the World

At Oakhurst Legal Group, we have what it takes to help you navigate the complex legal field of film industry visas. We value your talent and artistic contributions and believe you deserve to broadcast them on a global scale. Let us help you make your dream a reality.


We can answer all your questions about which visa is right for you and how to obtain it as soon as possible. Call (704) 288-1003 or contact us online. We offer services in French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Arabic.


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Our Victories Speak for Themselves

  • 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.

  • Successful Not Guilty Verdict DUI Charge

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

  • Successful Case Dismissal Felony Charge

    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.

  • Television Broadcast Host Receives O-1B Visa For The Role Of Hockey Analyst
  • World Class Boxer Receives O-1 Visa With Nel-Sons Promotions
  • World Class Boxer Receives O-1 Visa With Nel-Sons Promotions
  • World Class Boxer Receives O-1 Visa With Nel-Sons Promotions
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