How to go From O1 Visa to Green Card: Step-by-Step Guide

How to go from O1 Visa to Green Card: Step-by-Step Guide

 

The O1 visa allows highly-skilled individuals a path to live and work in the United States for extended periods of time. However, one of the main issues with the O1 visa is that it does not lead to a green card. The O1 visa is a non-immigrant visa and so it is temporary. Although there is no limit to the number of times an O1 visa can be renewed, it cannot, on its own lead to permanent residence.

 

In this guide, I will discuss multiple ways to go from O1 visa to green card. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

 

Overview:

 

  1. Summary of O1 Visa
  2. How to go from O1 visa to Green Card
  3. EB1A
  4. Employer Sponsorship
  5. EB-2 National Interest Waiver
  6. EB1B
  7. EB-5 Visa for Investors
  8. Family or Marriage-Based Sponsorship
  9. Conclusion

 

1. Summary of O1 Visa

 

The O1 visa is a non-immigrant visa classification reserved for highly-skilled people in either the sciences, arts, business, education, athletics, or the motion picture or television industry. The O1 visa is divided into 2 separate categories: O1A and O1B. The O1A classification is reserved for professionals who have an extraordinary ability in the sciences, business, athletics, or education. The O1B classification is reserved for professionals in the arts, motion picture, or television industry. There are different requirements depending on if you are applying for an O1A or O1B visa.

 

General O1 Visa Requirements

 

To get an O1 visa, there are 6 main requirements:

 

  • You must have an extraordinary ability
  • Your excellence in your field must have been sustained over the years
  • You must be coming to the US to work in your area of extraordinary ability
  • Your O1 petition must be sponsored by a US agent or employer
  • Your proposed employment in the US must qualify as an “event” as defined by the regulations
  • In certain cases, you must have an advisory opinion issued by a peer group, labor organization, or management organization
  • If you have any questions about these requirements, please feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com or you can read my guide on the O1 visa.

 

Proving Extraordinary Ability

 

One of the key requirements for an O1 visa is proving that you have an extraordinary ability. The legal standard for what qualifies as an extraordinary ability depends on if you are applying for an O1A or an O1B visa.

 

O1A

 

For the O1A visa, to demonstrate extraordinary ability, you must show that you have such a high level of expertise that you are one of the small percentage of people who has risen to the very top of their field. You can prove this through evidence that you have received a major award (such as an Oscar or Nobel Peace Prize) or by showing that you satisfy at least 3 of the 8 evidentiary criteria for extraordinary ability (such as receipt smaller prizes/awards, publications, membership in organizations, etc.)

 

O1B

 

For the O1B visa, to demonstrate extraordinary ability, you are required to show that you have achieved “distinction.” Distinction means “a high level of achievement in the field of arts, as evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition substantially above that ordinarily encountered to the extent that a person described as prominent is renowned, leading or well-known in the field of arts.” [8 CFR Section 214.2(o)(3)(ii)]

 

2. How to go from O1 visa to Green Card

 

The O1 visa is a non-immigrant visa classification. Non-immigrant visa classifications are temporary and do not directly lead to permanent residence in the US (a green card). In order to go from O1 visa to green card, you must convert from a non-immigrant classification to an immigrant classification.

 

There are many types of immigrant classifications. Some immigrant classifications are based on having a job offer from a US company, having an extraordinary ability, making an investment in a US company, or through marriage to a US citizen, among many others. We will explore many of these options below.

 

The Process

 

Going from an O1 visa to green card is usually a 2-step process. The first step is to get an immigrant petition approved through USCIS. For example, for many employment-based visa categories (EB1, EB2, EB3), you or your employer are required to file a Form I-140 with USCIS. For marriage and other family-based cases, your spouse or family member is required to file a Form I-130 with USCIS. Once this underlying petition is approved with USCIS, you can move to step 2. You generally have 2 options for how to proceed once the underlying petition is approved with USCIS: 1.) Do an adjustment of status; or 2.) Apply for an immigrant visa

 

Adjustment of Status

 

An adjustment of status is the process of converting (or “adjusting”) from a non-immigrant classification to immigrant. The process is done entirely in the United States by filing a Form I-485 with USCIS. The Form I-485 is also called the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

 

In order to do an adjustment of status, you must be lawfully present in the US in a qualifying non-immigrant status. If you are already in the US on an O1 visa, you will most likely do an adjustment of status. This is because the adjustment can be done in the US without the need to go to a consulate or embassy abroad.

 

Important note:

 

In many cases, you can file your Form I-485 concurrently with your underlying immigrant petition (Ex. Form I-130 or Form I-140). This means that you can file your Form I-485 (adjustment of status) at the same time as filing the underlying immigrant petition. In other words, in many cases, you can perform steps 1 and 2 at the same time (instead of first waiting for the underlying immigrant petition to first be approved). In order to file concurrently, the immigrant visa classification that you are applying under must be current (meaning that there is a visa number available). This can be a little tricky, so if you have questions, feel free to email me at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

 

Immigrant Visa Processing

 

The alternative to doing an adjustment of status is immigrant visa processing. Visa processing (also called “consular processing”) is the process of applying for an immigrant visa at a US embassy or consulate abroad. To do this, once your underlying immigrant petition is approved (and a visa number is available), you then file a Form DS-260 with the Department of State. The DS-260 is called the Immigrant Visa Electronic Application. After submitting the DS-260, you would then attend a scheduled visa interview at a US consulate or embassy abroad. Usually, the visa interview is scheduled at a consulate or embassy within your home country. Following a successful interview, an immigrant visa would be affixed to your passport.

 

O1 is a Dual-Intent Visa

 

Many non-immigrant visa classifications (such as the B1/B2 visa) require you to show non-immigrant intent. This means that, for these categories, you are required to show that you do not intend to immigrate to the US and become a permanent resident.

 

To prove non-immigrant intent, you are usually required to maintain a foreign residence and to maintain strong ties to your foreign residence.

 

Conversely, the O1 is a dual-intent visa. This means that when applying for an O1 visa, you can have the intent to eventually get your green card.

 

This is also important when planning on converting from an O1 visa to green card. For visas which require non-immigrant intent, filing an immigrant petition with USCIS can be problematic and lead to consequences when trying to renew your non-immigrant visa or extend you non-immigrant status. However, because the O1 visa is dual-intent, even if you have an approved immigrant petition, you should still be able to renew your O1 visa or extend your O1 status.

 

Now that we’ve discussed the basics of going from an O1 visa to green card, let's discuss some specific immigrant visa categories.

 

3. EB1A

 

The EB1A visa is an immigrant visa classification for people who have an extraordinary ability in either the arts, sciences, business, education, or athletics. It is very similar to the O1 visa and is commonly used as a way to convert from O1 visa to green card.

 

To qualify for an EB1A visa, you must 1.) have an extraordinary ability; 2.) be coming to the US to work in your field of extraordinary ability; and 3.) show that you will provide a substantial benefit to the United States.

 

One of the benefits of the EB1A visa is that it allows you to self-petition. What this means is that you do not need an employer to file your immigrant petition with USCIS. Instead, you can file the petition yourself, without the need of a US employer or US job offer.

 

If you need help with your EB1A visa application, or if you’d like to determine your chances for approval, please feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

 

EB1A Requirements

 

There are 3 main requirements to get an EB1A visa. You must:

 

  • Have an extraordinary ability in either the arts, sciences, athletics, business, or education
  • Be coming to the US to work in your field of extraordinary ability
  • Show that you will provide a substantial benefit to the US

 

Proving Extraordinary Ability for EB1A

 

For the EB1A visa, to show extraordinary ability, you must show that you have a level of expertise indicating that you are one of the small percentage of people who has risen to the very top of their field.

 

You can prove extraordinary ability for EB1A through evidence that you have received a major, internationally recognized award (like an Oscar or Nobel Peace Prize). If you don’t have one of these awards, you can show extraordinary ability by proving that you satisfy at least 3 of the evidentiary criteria for EB1A (membership in organizations, a high salary, publications, citations, etc.).

 

Comparison of O1 and EB1A

 

The requirements for the EB1A visa are very similar to the requirements for the O1 visa. This leads many people to think that because they have received an O1 visa, that they will automatically qualify for an EB1A visa. This is not necessarily the case. Although the requirements appear to be similar, USCIS has a more exacting standard for EB1A petitions than for O1 petitions. This means that even if someone is approved for an O1 visa, they still may be denied for an EB1A visa.

 

Also, the EB1A visa requires you to show that you will provide a substantial benefit to the United States. The O1 visa does not have this requirement. Another difference between the O1 visa and the EB1A visa has to do with the legal definition of “extraordinary ability.”

 

Earlier in this guide, we discussed the difference between the O1A visa and the O1B visa.

 

The standard for what qualifies as an “extraordinary ability” is lower for the O1B than it is for EB1A. To qualify as an extraordinary ability under EB1A, you must show that you have a level of expertise placing you among the small percentage of people who have risen to the very top of your field. This is roughly the same standard used for the O1A visa (sciences, athletics, education, business). However, under the O1B category (arts, motion picture industry, television industry), the standard for what qualifies as extraordinary ability is “distinction.” Distinction essentially means a high level of achievement above what is normally encountered, to the extent that the person is renowned. This standard is lower than what is required for EB1A.

 

Process of Going from O1 to EB1A

 

Although there are a number of differences between O1 and EB1A, it is a very common way to transition from an O1 visa to green card. To simplify the process, going from O1 to EB1A requires first filing a Form I-140 with USCIS and then filing a Form I-485 once the I-140 is approved. These steps can also be combined so that both forms are filed at the same time.

 

4. Employer Sponsorship

 

Another way to go from an O1 visa to green card is by having a US employer sponsor you for a  green card by offering you a full-time job. If certain conditions are met, and a US company is unable to secure a qualified US candidate for their company, a US company may be able to sponsor a foreign worker to work for their company (and get a green card).

 

In order to sponsor you for a green card, the US company will have to get an approved labor certification through the Department of Labor. A labor certification basically certifies that the US company made attempts to hire a qualified US worker but was unable to do so.

 

If you are currently on an O1 visa and are working for a US company, your US employer may be willing to sponsor you for a green card. Alternatively, you may be able to find another company willing to sponsor you.

 

Here is a quick overview of the process of getting a green card through employer sponsorship:

 

  • Your prospective US employer must conduct job recruitment activities (such as posting ads and job listings).
  • The employer must be unable to secure a qualified US worker for the position offered.
  • The employer must offer you a full-time permanent position with the company
  • The employer must pay you the prevailing wage for the position they are hiring you for (they cannot offer you less than the appropriate wage merely because they are sponsoring you for a green card).
  • The employer must have the financial ability to pay you the prevailing wage
  • Once the employer gets an approved labor certification, they must file a Form I-140 with USCIS under either the EB-2 or EB-3 visa categories.
  • You must satisfy the requirements under either the EB-2 or EB-3 visa category.
  • Once the I-140 is approved, you would then file your adjustment of status (Form I-485).

 

5. EB2 National Interest Waiver

 

Another option for converting from an O1 visa to green card is the EB2 national interest waiver. The EB2 national interest waiver is for people who work in a field that has “substantial merit and national importance.” Basically, the EB2 national interest waiver is similar to an employer sponsorship (mentioned above) except that it does not require a US employer to get an approved labor certification and file your petition on your behalf. The national interest waiver allows you to self-petition for your green card.

 

EB2 National Interest Waiver Requirements

 

  • You must independently qualify for an EB2 visa as either an advanced degree professional or an individual with exceptional ability
  • The field you plan to work in must have substantial merit and national importance
  • You must be well-positioned to advance your field
  • You must show that it is in the national interest to waive the requirement that you have a US job offer and an approved labor certification

 

6. EB1B

 

Another way to convert your O1 visa to a green card is the EB1B immigrant visa. The EB1B classification is reserved for outstanding professors and researchers. One of the benefits of an EB1B visa is that it allows a US employer to hire you without getting an approved labor certification. Instead, they can hire you just by offering you a job.

 

To qualify for an EB1B visa, you must:

 

  • Be internationally recognized as being outstanding in your field
  • Have at least 3 years of experience teaching and/or doing research in your field
  • Have a job offer to work in a teaching position or as a researcher

 

If your O1 visa is in the education field or in the sciences, this may be a good option for you to consider. For more information on the EB1B visa, see my EB1B visa guide or you can email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com with questions.

 

7. EB5 Visa for Investors

 

Another way to go from an O1 visa to green card is the EB5 investor visa. The EB5 visa is an investment-based immigrant visa. In order to qualify for an EB5 visa, you must invest at least $1 million in a US business and create 10 full-time jobs for US workers. If the business that you invest in is located in an economically depressed area, called a “targeted employment area,” you may qualify to invest a reduced amount of $500,000 instead of $1 million.

 

To qualify for an EB5 visa you can start your own business, invest in an existing business, purchase an existing business, or invest in a regional center.

 

To apply for an EB5 visa, you must first file a Form I-526 with USCIS. Once the I-526 is approved, you can then file for an adjustment of status by filing the Form I-485. Through the EB5 process, you first become a conditional permanent resident. After 2 years of conditional permanent residence, you are eligible to have the condition removed from your green card.

 

8. Family or Marriage-Based Sponsorship

 

Another option to go from O1 visa to green card is through marriage or family relationship to a US citizen or lawful permanent resident. Entering into a legitimate marriage with a US citizen or lawful permanent resident may allow you to get a green card. Certain family relationships with US citizens and permanent residents also can confer immigration benefits (such as if your parents are US citizens). To explore these options in more detail, please email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

 

 

9. Conclusion

 

You are now in a much better position of understanding the O1 visa and how to convert your O1 visa to a green card.

 

The O1 visa is a powerful option for highly-skilled professionals. With an O1 visa you can work in the US for year and continue to renew your visa or extend your status. However, the O1 visa is a non-immigrant visa and does not directly lead to a green card. To go from an O1 visa to green card, you must convert to an immigrant classification.

 

Some of the immigrant classifications to consider are the EB1A visa, EB2 National Interest Waiver, and sponsorship by a US company.

 

This guide covers a lot of complex information. If you have any questions about anything covered, or if you need help converting from an O1 visa to green card, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

 

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Sari Sari
22:04 25 Aug 22
Very informative videos and blog post! Very Easy to understand! Great customer service! Kudos!!
Rovie Sayson
21:21 25 Aug 22
Michael provided excellent service. Highly recommended!!!
Alan Kryemadhi
05:54 23 Aug 22
I called ashoori law firm after I watched their very helpfull videos on YouTube for an e2 visa application (most informative e2 videos on YouTube in my opinion).Hands down they are the BEST emigration attorneys! Although applying for the e2 visa... was completed, the whole process went very smooth. I was impressed by their quick responses! They are very responsive and informative. Cannot recommend them enough! Thank so much guys!read more
Bob Edge
15:05 20 Aug 22
They helped me applied for my mom's green card and provided guidance and assistance through the whole process and more!
Adam Weston
18:25 19 Aug 22
Although I am halfway through the immigration process with my wife, it has been an excellent experience so far. Ashoori Law is very responsive and gets back to me quickly when I have a question. They made everything very easy which is key. Highly... recommend.read more
Chel Onates
17:42 18 Aug 22
I would like to Thank Ashoori Law team specially to Jeser I really appreciated the updates and follow ups. I highly recommend this firm.
Martha Castrejon
17:52 17 Aug 22
I just got my E2 visa renewal,thank you for the great team of the best immigration Michael Ashoori law company,thanks Lahaina,james,Michael for your help,and would like to give you more than 5 stars,sure will continue to work with you.
Mahesh Lal Rawat
14:56 14 Aug 22
महेश लाल जिला फतेहपुर भारत
Sweta Bharodia
18:23 12 Aug 22
Michael Ashoori and his team were very helpful and guided us through each and everything in getting our E2 visa. I highly recommend Ashoori Law firm.Initially when were looking for E2 visa lawyer, we had been in contact with many lawyers, but we... are fortunate we made a correct decision by making Ashoori Law firm as our lawyer. For any visa application documentation is very important. Ashoori Law team gave us a very clear and easy to understand step by step application process, which made it very easy for me to collect the relevant documents and submit. Starting from setting up a new company for the business till getting visa, Ashoori law firm has been always there, they have always answered to all our questions to the best of their abilities. We are very satisfied by choosing Ashoori Law firm as our lawyer.They are very approachable and will answer all your questions quickly. Special thanks to Lahaina, Chris, Elaine and all the team members with whom we interacted during the visa application process.Sincerely,Sweta Bharodia.read more
Michael - David
12:45 11 Aug 22
It is my pleasure to testify to my extremely positive experience working with the Ashoori Law Team in regards to the recent renewal of my O-1 Visa. This Visa renewal was complex as it involved factors such as a patent I hold, the relationship with... the company that I am working with, as well as an arts and entertainment component. The members of the team were professional and attentive and were able to secure the renewal within a surprisingly short amount of time. I would highly recommend their services for anyone who is seeking the right immigration solution particularly where the petition has a business component.Sincerely,Michael-Davidread more
Jessie Vasquez
17:47 10 Aug 22
Ashoori Law made sponsoring an employee's visa very easy and free of stress. They explained everything in detail and were very prompt with their responses and action items. It was a very fast and smooth process that was not outrageously expensive. I... would definitely recommend them and use them again.read more
mubashir ahmed
01:56 10 Aug 22
Thank you so much Michael Ashoori for all your help regarding my wife's work Authorization as an E2- dependent. We truly appreciate your honesty and making this whole process very easy and straight forward for us from the time of the application... till getting the EAD card. Your whole team was exceptional in providing the great advice. Thank you for responding to our emails and phone calls promptly. Our special thanks to James and Lahaina, both were very active and efficient. This was our first experience with any immigration lawyer, and it was very pleasant.We highly recommend Michael Ashoori Law office for any immigration services.read more
Ritesh Chutani
19:11 09 Aug 22
Michael has been very helpful with my reentry permit application. He has been very prompt in answering all the questions I had. He explained how I should go ahead with my application and has supported all along in last few months since the... application process started. I highly recommend his services.read more
Junko Iizuka
22:43 28 Jul 22
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to express my gratitude to the Ashoori Law team, especially Kelly Raposa. Much of my time & energy was needed to go to the hospital daily to take care of my very sick mom. Thanks to Kelly’s genuine kindness... & willingness to answer even the smallest of questions, I was able to focus more of my time & energy on my mom, & was able to be by her side during her last final week. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone - from the moment I started working with them, it was evident that they deeply care about all their clients.read more
Travis Steinke
20:23 27 Jul 22
The team at Ashoori law were helpful throughout the entire visa experience. Would, and have, recommend to anyone looking into the E2 visa route. Thank you!
Pradeep Sharma
14:35 27 Jul 22
Great attorney and very impressed with the professionalism. Highly recommend this place for E2 visa needs.
Osaid Abuelnasr
01:23 22 Jul 22
I have worked with many immigration attorneys for my personal and business needs. I have never had the pleasure of working with someone as helpful, genuine and professional as Ashoori Law.The attorney which handled both of my cases was Rebecca... McCarthy. She’s diligent, fast and an all around amazing attorney. She left no questions unanswered and was always on top of my case. Huge thanks to her and Michael for all their help and care.One thing I really liked about working with Ashoori Law is Michael was always available to answer any questions should no one else be able to answer them. He did not shy away from getting on the phone with me when I needed to speak to him. Unlike other firms where you feel the need to talk to 5 paralegals before getting real attention. I will definitely recommend my family and friends to Ashoori Law.read more
James Harvey
19:56 21 Jul 22
Michael and his team were extremely helpful throughout my whole visa application process.There was no other firm like it in terms of the effort that was put in to initially bring me on board, with there being numerous calls with me to answer my... queries first, and hear their recommendations on the best approach / visa for me, before giving them the go ahead to start my applicationTheir process was clear and easy, I was introduced to all team members who were working on my case. There was no limit of time from them with answering any questions or concerns that I had, which was huge for me as completing a visa application seemed like a daunting task initiallyFor anyone looking for this type of service I would highly recommend Michael and his team at AshooriA special thank you to James as well, who would of been my primary contact and helped tremendously.read more
Mary Kambai Chimbali
18:23 14 Jul 22
Ashoori law worked really fast. I’ve already had one of my cases approved. They made the process very easy for us and gave us confidence that things are getting done correctly. And they’ve kept us up to date with email and the online tracker along... the way.read more
Matt Mulholand
18:15 14 Jul 22
Ashoori Law has a very convenient online user portal which makes uploading documents very easy. They maintain good contact via email and staff can be reached by phone easily.
Jime Caballero
00:17 14 Jul 22
I'm so grateful of how helpful Ashoori was with my visa process. They did an excellent job!!
Dev Pawar
22:16 13 Jul 22
Nice to work with and they got the job done. Will certainly recommend them for all your immigration needs.
Mohamed Hegazy
16:09 12 Jul 22
totally satisfied with the results, I contacted the law firm to apply for E2. They got it done in time. They are professional and know what they are doing. The team was on top of the case. They reply to all the emails and at all the time. I was able... to schedule a call with them whenever I needed information. Highly recommended!.read more
ker smith
09:38 12 Jul 22
I would definitely recommend this law firm and their entire team to anyone who need immigration representation. They get the job done plus very affordable
Manisha Patel
20:38 08 Jul 22
Michael and his team is excellent at providing timely services and their turnaround time is very quick. I worked with Christina Missey for my immigration petition and she thoroughly reviewed every SINGLE documents of mine and guided me through... journey. She is the best. Appreciate the above and beyond efforts of Ashoori law firmread more
Emilio D'Angelo
17:03 05 Jul 22
I’ve worked with a lot of attorneys along my immigration journey but none have come close to the ease, organization, results of Ashoori Law!I’ll definitely be referring any of my fellow ex-pats over to the extremely capable team at Ashoori... Law.Thank you guys for just a stress free process!read more
Casa Guzmania
18:11 01 Jul 22
We worked with Ashoori Law to apply for E2 status, and it was approved on the first attempt with no request for additional information or any pushback! Big kudos to Christina and Lahaina, who were incredibly responsive, supportive, and patient... throughout the process. We highly recommend Ashoori Law for any immigration process, and we can confidently say that they are experts in E2 applications.read more
Salman Rauf
16:18 29 Jun 22
Excellent team and services.Always responded to my concerns whenever i wrote to them. Would highly recommend for Immigration servicing.
Lung Lee
00:40 28 Jun 22
Great work! Professional, always willing to help and quick response.As a newcomer to the U.S., they settled me a lot of questions.They professionally advise which kind of visa is most suitable for you. And, guide you step by step throughout the... application process. Finally, I got the approval of my visa with no RFE.I'd like to special thank to Lahaina for her caring. Also, Rohit's referral to such a great team.I do highly recommend Ashoori Law to all immigrant and non-immigrant applicants to the U.S.read more
Omolola Baidoo
00:34 28 Jun 22
I had an awesome experience with this law firm. My papers was processed promptly. My phone calls was responded to promptly. No regrets. Money well spent.I will definitely recommend Ashoori law firm to friends and families who needs their services.... Thanks for everything.read more
Anja Kahn
17:28 27 Jun 22
My I-140 for the EB2 NIW has been approved!! Thank you Michael and Lahaina of Ashoori Law, and thank you USCIS!Prior to meeting Michael Ashoori, I had frustratingly worked with 3 other immigration law firms over the previous 6 years to ensure my... business, my children and I were always in authorized and lawful status. With these firms I felt not quite versed on the in-depth immigration picture, not sure of the chances of success of any particular route, uncomfortably wondering if the advise and steering was the right path for me and my family for the long term, or was it short term fixes thereby requiring further filings in the future. I paid some pretty hefty fees too, and often was left wondering if the option I was being recommended was the best option for me or was it the most lucrative for the law firm.Michael was a breadth of fresh air!Whilst researching my queries online I found Ashoori Law through the videos Michael posts - the videos were focused, informative, and dealt with pretty much the whole picture in respect of the topic he spoke on. The tone was chatty and Michael came across as very approachable, conveying the law in terms I could understand, without losing the detail. After watching the first video, I searched for more and binge watched all I could find before reaching out to Michael!During my initial consultation I felt so reassured by not only Michael's extensive immigration law knowledge, but also the way he explained options. Everything he said made so much sense, was applicable to my circumstances, and he laid out my options clearly, giving honest evaluation as to the process, the timeline, and chances of success. He didn't do it piecemeal or in isolation, he looked at the full picture as to how my application would affect my family in the long term - definitely an important factor when kids risk being aged out at 21. Michael looked at my background and was confident that I could be successful in the EB2 NIW category. His analysis of how I met the requirements and what I would need to do to evidence my experience, knowledge and expertise gave me the confidence to proceed in the belief I merited the category.The team at Ashoori Law handled the whole process so smoothly and efficiently, with full disclosure at every stage, and it was a speedy filing - under 30 days!!Ashoori Law have a fantastic online portal, where the whole application is managed - you can monitor step by step what is required, there are user friendly forms for information gathering, and easy uploading of evidence documents. Messaging is handled securely through the portal, enabling the whole application history to be in one place, readily accessible for any future query.Having filed, Ashoori Law didn't go silent on me! With the delays in processing at USCIS due to Covid and post Covid challenges, Michael and Lahaina were always happy to have an update discussion and keep me reassured - and sane!I leave this review because Michael's evaluation of what was required for success in my immigration journey has made a phenomenal difference to my life, for which I am forever going to be grateful. I leave this review as an experienced immigration applicant who has tried some of the most well known firms in the country - firms that promised the world, charged the earth, and generally failed in the objective they were contracted for. Michael delivered on his promise. Thank you Michael.read more
Kely Aliny Neves
12:30 27 Jun 22
Foram ótimos profissionais, sempre prestativos e tudo deu certo sem desafios. Recomendo!
Ramneek Lamba
02:28 23 Jun 22
I would highly recommend Ashoori law to anyone who is looking for a professional advice on immigration. Right from the beginning they explained me the procedure in detail. Lahaina was super helpful at all stages of the process. They respond quickly... and professionally. Anyone looking for immigration advice will not be disappointed. Thanks again!read more
Tommy T Chai8.
06:44 21 Jun 22
Thank you very much for this advice.I thing that next month i will submit this document. 🌷🌷
Rahila Samreen
02:07 17 Jun 22
Michael Ashoori is an excellent immigration lawyer. He has a great team. His team response is so quick. My daughter is also doing her immigration case with him. And definitely I will appoint for my son next. He is a very trustworthy lawyer and you... will never feel that your money is wasted. I definitely recommend to everyone. Thanks to Michael Ashoori that you assisted me every time .read more
Marina
00:45 17 Jun 22
Very great! Love, love, love Ashoori Law and his team. They make you feel like family. This is the team that will definitely get the job done. Very friendly and professional!
Vivek Sharma
00:54 16 Jun 22
The team at Ashoori Law did a wonderful job in helping me get my H-1B Visa approved on time. Special thanks to Lahaina and James who were always communicative throughout the process and ensured all information and documents were in place before... submitting the petition. I would highly recommend their services.read more
Erika Fifield
18:41 15 Jun 22
The Ashoori Law team was awesome in providing my company with employer sponsored visa services. They guided us through the entire process, were very professional and were able to file and get us the needed approval in a timely manner. As an HR... manager, I highly recommend Ashoori Law for your business or individual immigration needs. James, Milena, and the entire team were very helpful and made the process very simple with quick results!read more
Ross Hitchins
06:36 10 Jun 22
Our E2 visa request was professionally handled to a successful outcome. I would recommend this Law company for anyone who is trying to obtain a US visa. Good Job! Thanks Steve Hitchins
Romard Palmer
15:05 08 Jun 22
I had the opportunity to work with Ashoori Law to apply for my Re-entry permit. i must say it was seamless, all the work was handle by the staff at Ashoori Law. The service they provided was extraordinary, the staff are very knowledgeable and... provides timely feedback and is willing to spend countless hours on phone calls to explain any situation/issues you might have. I highly recommend this firm for any legal matters regarding immigration services. I will be using them for all my future needs moving forward. It was a great pleasure working with Ashoori Law, I look forward to work with them again.read more
Sandeep Kaur Pannu
02:02 08 Jun 22
I have watched all your videos, they are always great…. I read your blog online and it was very informative and after reading the blog I felt, you and your teams knows in depth about immigration that’s how I approached you guys for EAD. And it all... turned out so great!Thank you for getting us EAD approval in hand! So all five stars from our side.Thank you!read more
Kevin Kovacs
21:03 07 Jun 22
The Ashoori Law team has done a tremendous job representing me and successfully putting together my application. They are very knowledgable, organized, thorough, and straightforward. The team knows what it takes to get cases approved. Ashoori Law... has earned my trust and I will engage them in future cases. Highly recommend!read more
Juan perez don
01:10 02 Jun 22
Hola! Gracias por la asesoría, mi caso salió exitoso, mi cambio de status fue aprobado Gracias por la asesoría y el acompañamiento.
Malwa Truckline
03:04 01 Jun 22
We would like to thank Micheal and Team to work on a our case.which really went smoothly and made easy by them.we highly recommend Ashoori Law Firm and it was pleasure doing business with them.
Jarson Laguerta
21:04 31 May 22
I would highly recommend Ashoori Law office for the fast and reliable visa process. The staff are also accommodating , on point and on time, they're are very fast when it comes to processing my visa.
sunaina rayamajhi
22:42 27 May 22
Applied my marriage based green card from here and everyone was really friendly. Whenever i had any questions they were available to answer it. I really loved the service here. I will definitely recommend this place to family or friends if they ever... need any immigration service.read more
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

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