You rely on the ability to recruit or be recruited by the best in the world to expand your organization’s talent base or your career opportunities across the U.S. Whether you’re an employer – such as a professional or minor league sports team, university, medical research team, or film producer or studio – or you’re an individual with extraordinary talent – such as an athlete, academic, medical professional, thespian, or musician – you need an experienced attorney to navigate the U.S. immigration application and compliance process.
Led by attorney Yusra Bokhari, our specialty immigration team helps employers and individuals protect their foreign nationals’ status and obtain specialty O and specialty H employment visas for uniquely qualified candidates seeking employment in the U.S. This includes drafting successful first-preference immigration petitions, visa petitions for spouses and/or children, applications to extend, petitions to adjust status for permanent residence visas (employment and family-based immigrants), and ongoing audits to maintain compliance with U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
We have represented both foreign nationals and businesses in immigration and naturalization applications, as well as applications to extend/change nonimmigrant status, before the USCIS and Departments of State and Homeland Security.
Additional examples of our experience include:
Who can apply for an “O” visa?
The specialty O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for individuals who possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who have a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements. “Extraordinary ability” means the individual has achieved “a level of expertise indicating that the person is one of the small percentage who have arisen to the very top of the field of endeavor.”
Who can apply for an “H” visa?
This nonimmigrant classification applies to people who wish to perform services in a specialty occupation, services of exceptional merit and ability relating to a Department of Defense (DOD) cooperative research and development project, or services as a fashion model of distinguished merit or ability.
Navigating the Application Process
We help employers – known as “agents” – and uniquely-qualified individuals – known as “petitioners” – prepare and present compelling employment-based visa applications far exceeding the petition requirements.
The petitioner’s agent or petitioner must provide demonstrable evidence of the petitioner’s ability, including:
When you need to recruit a foreign national to your team, or you need to expand your career opportunities in the U.S., We’re Here to Help.