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O-1B Award Nominations or Wins Editorial:


This video presentation focuses on the O-1B visa category – ‘Have you been nominated for an award or have you won a major internationally recognized award?’

The actual official wording of this category is: –  [101(a)(15)(o) and 8 CFR § Sec. 214(o)]

A) Has been nominated for or been the recipient of significant national or international awards or prizes such as an Academy Award, an Emmy, a Grammy, or a Directors Guild Award.

There is an important distinction to point out about this category is that a nomination for a major award can you an O-1B based solely on the nomination. This is a significant difference from the EB1 green card and the O-1A visa, which are also based on establishing that the alien has extraordinary abilities. In fact, the EB1 green card standard is significantly higher in this regard, as nomination alone is not sufficient. Nomination alone is, however, sufficient for a successful O-1B visa application.

The O-1B visa regulations mention specific awards such as the Academy Award, an Emmy, a Grammy or a Directors Guild Award, but there are a number of other other major national and international awards that are arguably equally prestigious. For example, the Annie Awards for Excellence in Animation (40+ year history), and The Tony Awards, which recognize achievement in Broadway Productions (65+ year history). There are no doubt other major awards in fields such as radio and television, where a good claim could be made in this category.

O-1B Award Nominations or Wins Commentary:

The awards mentioned in this O-1B visa category are of course US awards. However, you can qualify for an O-1B visa in this category if you have been nominated or have won any award from any country where the award has national or international significance. The challenge for us would be to fully document these foreign awards, as it’s quite possible that the officer who’s reviewing your case may not have heard of a particular award.

When you have been nominated or have won a prestigious award, this proves without any doubt that you have risen to the very top of your profession. These award ceremonies exist solely to give honor and recognition to those whom, by peer review, have been acknowledged as having delivered work of the highest quality within the industry that year. Such recognition is high praise indeed.

US Immigration relies heavily upon what others in your field think of your accomplishments. Immigration cannot assess your talent themselves since the officers are not professionals in your field. For example, only a medical doctor can assess the work of another medical doctor. Therefore, Immigration will always look to see what others in the media have to say about your accomplishments in the field. Having been nominated or having won a major award from a distinguished organization is conclusive proof of your leadership standing in the field. Immigration almost has no choice but to approve your application at that point.

If you have been nominated or have won any kind of national or international award, then please contact us as soon as possible so we can make a full assessment as to your O-1B visa potential. If you have never entered your work into any competition then you might want to think about how you could do this. You don’t have to win, but you might get a nomination and that could be sufficient.

In the next presentation, we’re going to review the Leading Role in an Event or Production category. Once again, we’re so pleased that you found us and hope you enjoy our O-1B visa presentation series. When you’re ready, please email or call us for a consultation and we’ll go from there..



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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