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 O-1A  Participation as a Judge Editorial:

Judging the work of others is another way for an individual establish evidence that their opinions are valued in the industry, and thus are considered a leader. In this presentation we’re going to focus on the O-1A Visa category of Judging – ‘Participation as a Panelist or as a Judge’.

The actual official wording of this category is: –

Evidence of the alien’s participation on a panel, or individually, as a judge of the work of others in the same or allied field of specialization to that for which classification is sought.

Often, top professionals are sought out to serve on judging panels or as a jury members, offering their opinions on the work of others. This could include judging individuals for an award or selecting the speakers for an industry conference. The judging opportunities will vary by industry, but in almost every case, the opportunity exists for top professionals to serve as a judge.

There are many opportunities in Science, Education, Business and Athletics where you may have served as a judge or might have the opportunity if pursued, to serve as a judge. This is another one of those categories that US Immigration prefers because it takes out any guess work as to your level of standing in the field, since if you’re judging other professionals then almost by definition you’re being recognized as an expert and thus more credible as an O-1A visa candidate.

 Many top professionals are required to or have been invited to sit on some kind of panel to judge the work of others; in fact it’s practically routine in many industries.  Until recently, US Immigration O-1A visa adjudicators have been trying to tighten up on this area as it was perhaps seen as a very easy category to satisfy. We therefore demonstrate to USCIS that our client(s) work as a judge due to their extraordinary ability.

 O-1A  Participation as a Judge Commentary:

If you have never judged or been invited to judge anything in your career to date, start thinking about how you can open up such opportunities. Think outside the box. We have had many clients light up when this option is presented to them, and they go off and work on this and before you know it, they’ve managed to get themselves invited onto some panel or another. Getting the judging category satisfied is a very good category, because if done well, we can move this from a subjective event to an objective event, especially if the other members on the panel have distinguished reputations in their own right, we can document that too.

We would personally like to encourage you to contact us so that we can work closely with you in not only identifying which categories might work best for you, but also discuss what categories you may be closest to. We have many clients who have retained us to help them at an early stage to work up their O-1A visa cases. Also, there are some clients who, having studied the list of O-1A criteria, find that they can, at least in theory, satisfy more than three categories, and had no idea that this tremendous opportunity even existed for them.

If you can satisfy three or more categories, even in theory, be sure you also view our EB-1 green card series as we help many O-1A visa clients become EB1 green card holders. Sometimes, we’re able to take clients from their home country directly to EB1 green card status. Now that’s pretty cool.

In the next presentation, we’re going to review the ‘Contribution of Major Significance’ category. Once again, we’re so delighted that you found us and hope you enjoy our O-1A visa presentation series. When you’re ready, please email or call us for a free consultation and we can discuss your case and get the ball rolling.


Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram

Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram


US Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram
Chris M. Ingram LL.M., ESQ – Immigration Attorney
Admitted in New York.
Practice Specializing in US Immigration Law
401 Wilshire Boulevard, 12th Floor,
Santa Monica,
California 90401
Tel: 442 244 4350

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