Welcome back to the immigration lawyer blog! In this video, attorney Jacob Sapochnick discusses the O-1B Visa for Artists and Entertainers.
The topic of discussion in this video is: How can a tattoo artist live and work in the United States? The O-1B category is an excellent choice for artists who have demonstrated extraordinary ability in their line of work.
What is the O-1B visa?
The O-1B category applies to distinguished aliens wishing to travel to the United States temporarily to engage in employment in an area of extraordinary ability in the arts, motion picture, or television industry. This category includes tattoo artists and social media influencers. Tattoo artists must have a sponsor or agent to obtain an O-1B visa and are granted a visa for the duration of their contract to perform services in the United States.
O-1B Visa Requirements
- The applicant must demonstrate that they have received sustained recognition on a national or international level in their area of extraordinary ability i.e. awards, titles, honorary distinctions, publications, membership in a distinguished board or professional association, etc.;
- The applicant must provide evidence of continuous recognition in the area of extraordinary ability;
- The applicant must demonstrate that they have achieved a high level of expertise in their field. For an O-1B visa, the applicant must demonstrate that their level of skill and recognition is significantly superior to that of an individual in the same field who would be considered a person of ‘prominence’ in said field.
A tattoo artist, for example, may demonstrate their level of expertise and extraordinary ability by providing evidence of publications showcasing their work, media coverage about their work, awards and prizes received from national and/or international tattoo conventions, participation as a judge at a tattoo convention, letters from other artists who can attest to your extraordinary ability as a tattoo artist.
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