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Update to O-1B Visa Evaluation Guidelines

By Nita Nicole Upadhye

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Update to O-1B Visa Evaluation Guidelines

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued updated policy guidelines that clarify how it evaluates evidence to determine O-1B nonimmigrant visa eligibility.

The guidance applies to petitioners and applicants for an O-1B visa classification, ie those with outstanding talent in the arts or extraordinary accomplishments in the television or film industries.

A new ‘Appendix (Satisfying the O-1B Evidentiary Requirements)’ has been added to Chapter 4 of the USCIS O-1B Visa Classification guidance, providing examples of proof that can meet the evidentiary requirements for O-1B visas.

The revision also includes the factors that USCIS takes into account while evaluating evidence.

USCIS has also supplied petitioners with instructions on how to submit the proper evidence to prove the eligibility of a beneficiary.

Need assistance?

NNU Immigration are specialist US immigration attorneys based in London, UK. While the O visa is an attractive work route, the application process is complex and demands substantial supporting evidence.

We work with employers and individuals seeking to secure a visa to work in the USA, including the O1B visa. We can advise on all aspects of the eligibility requirements and can guide applicants through the petitioning process. If you have a question about the O1 visa, speak to our experts.

This article does not constitute direct legal advice and is for informational purposes only.

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Founder & Principal Attorney Nita Nicole Upadhye is a recognized leader in the field of US business immigration law (AILA) and trusted adviser to large corporates through to SMEs, providing strategic immigration and global mobility advice to support employers with both US and UK operations to meet their workforce needs through corporate immigration.

Nita successfully acts for corporations and professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, actors, and athletes from across the globe, providing expert guidance on all aspects of US visa and nationality applications, and talent mobility to the USA.

Nita is an active public speaker, thought leader, immigration commentator, and immigration policy contributor and regularly hosts training sessions for employers and HR professionals

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