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Visas for Culinary & Performance Artists in Charlotte

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Professionals who excel in the culinary or performance arts can be great candidates for O-1 and O-2 visas, which allow them to apply their extraordinary abilities in the United States. Generally, you must demonstrate your extraordinary abilities through international recognition, distinguished awards, and other tangible or intangible markers of your expertise. Helpful information for successful O-1 visa petitions can include original contributions to your industry, previous employment in an essential capacity, and receipt of high compensation in related opportunities.

Whether or not you possess the requisite level of ability, proving this to USCIS can be a tremendous challenge. Our team at Oakhurst Legal Group has extensive experience assembling applications in a way that presents our clients in the best possible lighting. We also take the time to understand your qualifications, circumstances, and goals to ensure we file the most appropriate visa petition. Many qualified individuals are unable to obtain a visa simply because they select a visa category that doesn’t suit them. When you bring your case to our Charlotte culinary visa attorneys, you can trust us to handle your future with care and precision.

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Culinary & Performance Artists We Assist

Chefs, cooks, bartenders, and bakers bring invaluable techniques, flavors, and ideas to the United States. Culinary professionals often commend international awards and recognition in prominent news outlets such as articles and profiles. Each of these feats is incredibly helpful for proving eligibility in the O-1 category.

Formal education and pedigree can help prove extraordinary ability petitions for culinary professionals but are not an absolute requirement. Many forms of cultural foods do not have formal education methods but can still support an O-1 petition.

Our lawyers at Oakhurst Legal Group are regularly discovering new approaches to help chefs and culinary professionals obtain employment-based visas for themselves, their staff, and their families. To maintain a competitive edge, restaurants and other food-related employers require the services of the best people in the culinary industry.

Here are just a few of the culinary artists we can assist:

  • Professional chefs and cooks
  • Pastry chefs
  • Bartenders
  • Sommeliers
  • Brewers and distillers
  • Station chefs
  • Sauciers
  • Poissonniers
  • Entremetiers
  • Rotisseurs
  • Garde managers

O-1 visa holders from the world of culinary arts make significant contributions to the fabric of American society and can earn the opportunity to become permanent residents of the United States. We encourage potential O-1 candidates to document their success and pursue awards of international recognition to help their cases in the future.

While not in the same industry as culinary professionals, performance artists generally must demonstrate the same qualifications to obtain an O-1 visa. These qualifications can include international acclaim in media or professional publications, sustained accomplishments, distinguished awards, and other markers such as high salaries.


To learn more about your options, contact us today and speak to our culinary and performance art visa lawyers in Charlotte.


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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.

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