O1 Visa Guide: What You need to Know About the O1 Visa

O1 Visa Guide - What You Need to Know About the O1 Visa

 

The O1 visa may be a good option for you to consider if you have an extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, business, athletics, or education, or if you have a history of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture industry or television industry.

 

With an O1 visa, you can live and work in the United States for extended periods of time AND your spouse and children may be able to accompany you as well.

 

In this guide, I’m going to explain what you need to know about the O1 visa.

 

If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m a US immigration lawyer, and I’d be happy to answer your questions.

 

Overview:

 

1. What is the O1 Visa?

 

2. What are the Benefits of an O1 Visa?

 

3. What are the O1 Visa Requirements?

 

4. What Documents are Needed to Apply for an O1 Visa?

 

5. How to Apply for an O1 Visa

 

6. How Hard is it to Get Approved for an O1 Visa?

 

7. How to Go From an O1 Visa to Green Card

 

8. Conclusion

 

1. What is the O1 Visa?

 

The O1 visa is a non-immigrant visa for gifted people who have a special ability of some kind. Specifically, the O1 visa is for people who have an extraordinary ability in either the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who have a record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry.

 

With an O1 visa, you can live in the United States and work within your area of extraordinary ability. There is also no limit to the number of times you can extend your O1 visa, so with an O1 visa, you may be eligible to stay in the USA for extended periods of time.

 

With an O1 visa, your spouse and children may also qualify for immigration benefits to the USA.

 

In order to qualify for an O1 visa, you must prove that you have an extraordinary ability and that you are coming the USA to work in your field of extraordinary ability.

 

The O1 visa petition must be filed by a US employer or agent. You cannot file an O1 visa petition on your own behalf, it is not eligible for self-petition. The US company or agent is the petitioner and the person receiving the O1 visa is the beneficiary.

 

Summary:

 

  • The O1 visa is a non-immigrant visa for people with an extraordinary ability  in certain fields.

 

  • To get  an O1 visa, you must prove that you have an extraordinary ability, and that you will work in your field of extraordinary ability upon coming to the USA.

 

  • An O1 visa petition must be filed by a US company or agent.

 

 

 

2. What are the Benefits of an O1 Visa?

 

i. You Can Live and Work in the USA for Extended Periods of Time

 

  • With the O1 visa, there is no limit to the number of times you can extend your status

 

  • Once approved, your first O1 visa petition can give you lawful status in the USA for up to 3 years.

 

  • You can then extend your status for up to 1 year at a time. There is no limit to the number of times you can extend your O1 status.

 

  • For this reason, some people stay in the USA for 15 years or more with an O1 visa.

 

ii. Benefits for Your Immediate Family Members

 

  • By getting approved for an O1 visa, your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old are eligible to accompany you in the United States.

 

  • Your spouse and unmarried children would obtain O3 status as your dependents.

 

  • Your dependents are not permitted to work in the United States with O3 status, but they can attend US schools.

iii. You Can Work for Multiple Employers

 

  • Another feature of the O1 visa is that it permits you to work for multiple different employers in the United States.

 

iv. O2 Visa Available for Your Assistants

 

  • If you are approved for an O1 visa based on an extraordinary ability in the arts or athletics, or based on an extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry, you may be able to bring workers to accompany and assist you in the United States.

 

  • These workers would apply for the O2 visa.

 

v. O1 Visa Eligible  for Premium Processing

 

  • The O1 visa is eligible for premium processing.

 

  • Premium processing is a service provided by USCIS where they expedite the processing of your O1 petition for an additional fee of $1,410.

 

  • With premium processing, USCIS will issue a response to your O1 petition in 15 days or less.

vi. No Annual Limit on the Number of O1 Visas Issued

 

  • Another benefit of the O1 visa is that there is no annual cap on the number of O1 visas issues.

 

  • This is contrary to other visas, such as the H-1B visa, which has an annual quota.

 

3. What are the O1 Visa Requirements?

In order to get an O1 Visa, there are 6 main requirements:

 

  • Prove that You Have an Extraordinary Ability

 

  • Your National or International Acclaim Must be Sustained

 

  • You Must Work in Your Field of Extraordinary Ability

 

  • Your Employment in the USA Must Qualify as an “Event”

 

  • Your Petition Must be Filed by a US Employer, US Agent, or Foreign Employer Through a US Agent

 

  • Must Have an Advisory Opinion from a Peer Group, Labor Organization, or Management Organization

 

i. Prove that You Have an Extraordinary Ability

  • The first requirement to get an O1 visa is that you must prove that you have an extraordinary ability.

 

  • The standard you need to meet depends on the field of your extraordinary ability.

 

  • If your field of extraordinary ability is in science, business, athletics, education, or art, you must show “sustained national or international acclaim.” [8 CFR Section 214.2(o)(1)(ii)(A)(1)]

 

  • If your field of extraordinary ability is in the motion picture or television industry, you must show “a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement.”

 

Because the standard for what you are required to prove is different depending on your field, I’m going to discuss each field separately.

 

Proving Extraordinary Ability in the Field of Education, Science, Athletics, or Business

 

  • The O1 visa for the fields of science, education, athletics, and business are referred to as O1A.

 

  • To meet the standard of extraordinary ability for an O1A visa (the sciences, education, athletics, or business), you are required to show that you have a level of expertise such that you one of the small percentage who have risen to the very top of your field.

 

There are 2 ways to meet this standard:

 

  • One-Time Achievement;

 

  • Or meeting at least 3 of evidentiary criteria for the O1A visa

 

One-Time Achievement

 

  • A one-time achievement that would satisfy the extraordinary ability requirement for the O1A visa is if you are the recipient of a major, internationally recognized award, such as the Nobel Price.

 

  • If you haven't received such an award, you will have to satisfy at least 3 of the evidentiary criteria for an O1A visa.

 

Evidentiary Criteria for O1A Visa

 

If you haven't received a major internationally recognized award, you will have to satisfy at least 3 of the following criteria:

 

  • You have received nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in your field.

 

  • You’ve had membership in associations within your field which require outstanding achievements of their members, as judged by recognized national or international experts in the field.

 

  • There is published material in professional or major trade publications or major media about you, relating to your work in the field.

 

  • You have participated on a panel, or individually, as a judge of the work of others in your field.

 

  • You have made original scientific, scholarly, or business-related contributions of major significance in your field.

 

  • You have authored scholarly articles in your field, in professional journals, or other major media.

 

  • You have been employed in a critical or essential capacity for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation.

 

  • You have either commanded or will command a high salary or other remuneration for services.

 

  • If any of the above criteria do not apply to your field, you may submit comparable evidence in place of that criteria to prove your eligibility for an O1 visa.

 

Proving Extraordinary Ability in the Arts

 

  • The O1 visa for the arts is referred to as O1B.

 

  • Arts is defined as “any field of creative activity or endeavor such as, but not limited to, fine arts, visual arts, culinary arts, and performing arts. Aliens engaged in the field of arts include not only the principal creators and performers but other essential persons such as, but not limited to, directors, set designers, lighting designers, sound designers, choreographers, choreologists, conductors, orchestrators, coaches, arrangers, musical supervisors, costume designers, makeup artists, flight masters, stage technicians, and animal trainers.”

 

  • To meet the standard of extraordinary ability for an O1B visa in the arts, 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)]

 

There are 2 ways to meet this standard:

 

  • Nomination and or receipt of significant national or international awards or prizes;

 

  • Or meeting at least 3 of evidentiary criteria for the O1B visa

 

Nomination and or Receipt of Significant National or International Awards or Prizes

 

  • One way to satisfy the extraordinary ability requirement for the O1B visa is if you are nominated for and/or receive significant national or international awards or prizes in your field such as an Academy Award or a Grammy.

 

  • If you haven't been nominated for and/or received such awards, you will have to satisfy at least 3 of the evidentiary criteria for an O1B visa.

 

Evidentiary Criteria for O1B Visa

 

If you haven't been nominated for and/or received significant national or international awards or prizes, you will have to satisfy at least 3 of the following criteria:

 

  • You have  performed, and will perform, services as a lead or starring participant in productions or events which have a distinguished reputation, as evidenced by critical reviews, advertisements, publicity releases, publications contracts, or endorsements.

 

  • You have achieved national or international recognition for achievements in your field, evidenced by critical reviews or other published materials by or about you in major newspapers, trade journals, magazines, or other publications.

 

  • You have performed and will perform in a lead, starring, or critical role for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation evidenced by articles in newspapers, trade journals, publications, or testimonials.

 

  • You have a record of major commercial or critically acclaimed successes as evidenced by title, rating, standing in the field, box office receipts, motion picture or television ratings, and other occupations achievements reported in trade journals, major newspapers, or other publications.

 

  • You have received significant recognition for your achievements from organizations, critics, government agencies, or other recognized experts in your field.

 

  • You have commanded a high salary or will command a high salary or other substantial remuneration for your services compared to others in your field.

 

  • If any of the above criteria do not apply to your field, you may submit comparable evidence in place of that criteria to prove your eligibility for an O1 visa.

 

Proving Extraordinary Achievement in the Motion Picture or Television Industry

 

  • The O1 visa for the motion picture and television industry is classified as O1B.

 

  • To meet the standard of extraordinary achievement for an O1B visa in the motion picture or television production industry, you are required to show “a very high level of accomplishment in the motion picture or television industry evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition significantly above that ordinarily encountered tot he extent that the person is recognized as outstanding, notable, or leading in the motion picture or television field.” [8 CFR Section 214.2(o)(3)(ii)]

 

There are 2 ways to meet this standard:

 

  • Nomination for and/or receipt of significant national or international awards or prizes

 

  • Or meeting at least 3 of evidentiary criteria for the O1B visa

 

Nomination for and/or Receipt of Significant National or International Awards or Prizes

 

  • One way to satisfy the extraordinary achievement standard for an O1 visa is to show that you have been nominated for, or have received significant national or international awards or prizes in your field, such as an Academy Award or a Grammy.

 

  • If you haven't been nominated for and/or received such awards or prizes, you will have to satisfy at least 3 of the evidentiary criteria for an O1B visa.

 

Evidentiary Criteria for O1B Visa

 

If you haven't been nominated for and/or received significant national or international awards or prizes, you will have to satisfy at least 3 of the following criteria:

 

  • You have  performed, and will perform, services as a lead or starring participant in productions or events which have a distinguished reputation as evidenced by critical reviews, advertisements, publicity releases, publications contracts, or endorsements.

 

  • You have achieved national or international recognition for achievements evidenced by critical reviews or other published materials by or about you in major newspapers, trade journals, magazines, or other publications.

 

  • You have performed and will perform in a lead, starring, or critical role for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation evidenced by articles in newspapers, trade journals, publications, or testimonials.

 

  • You have a record of major commercial or critically acclaimed successes as evidenced by title, rating, standing in the field, box office receipts, motion picture or television ratings, and other occupations achievements reported in trade journals, major newspapers, or other publications.

 

  • You have received significant recognition for your achievements from organizations, critics, government agencies, or other recognized experts in your field.

 

  • You have commanded a high salary or will command a high salary or other substantial remuneration for your services compared to others in your field.

 

ii. Your National or International Acclaim Must be Sustained

 

  • Another requirement to get an O1 visa is to show that your national or international acclaim was sustained.

 

  • For every field except the motion picture and television industry, you must show that you sustained national or international acclaim in your field.

 

  • This means that you must have maintained your acclaim in your field throughout the years.

 

  • The evidence that you submit to prove your extraordinary ability may very likely also show that you have sustained your national or international acclaim. However, if it doesn’t, make sure to submit evidence that shows that your acclaim has been sustained.

 

iii. Work in Your Field of Extraordinary Ability

 

  • Another requirement to get an O1 visa is that you must work in your field of extraordinary ability.

 

  • The field that you plan to work in in the United States should be the same as your field of extraordinary ability (or as close as possible).

 

  • It is very important to clearly define your field of extraordinary ability, so that you can show that you will continue to work in the same field.

 

iv. Your Employment in the USA Must Qualify as an “Event”

 

  • Another requirement to get an O1 visa is that you must be coming to the United States to participate in an “event.”

 

  • With an O1 visa, you are not allowed to be self-employed or freelance. Instead, you must participate in an “event.”

 

  • An “event” is a very broad term and can mean many things, such as a conference, lecture series, academic school year, or a traditional job. A group of related activities can also qualify as an “event.”

 

  • Example: For a professional athlete seeking an O1 visa, the “event” can be their contract with their sports team.

 

  • An event doesn't have to be of a short duration. Remember, your first O1 can give you lawful status for up to 3 years.

 

  • The terms of your employment (such as an employment contract or a written summary of the terms of your employment) must be submitted along with your O1 petition.

 

v. Your Petition Must be Filed by a US Employer, US Agent, or Foreign Employer Through a US Agent

 

  • Another requirement to get an O1 visa is that your petition must be filed by a US employer, US agent, or a foreign employer through a US agent.

 

  • You cannot self-petition for an O1 visa.

 

  • The US employer, US agent, or foreign employer through US agent will be the petitioner and you will be the beneficiary.

 

US Employer

 

  • If you are going to be working for a single US  employer, they will most likely be the entity filing your petition.

 

  • The US employer should be an established business with a business license.

 

  • If you will be working for more than 1 US employer, they must all file O1 petitions, or a US agent can file the O1 petition on behalf of all the employers.

 

US Agent

 

  • If you will be working for multiple US employers, a US agent can file your petition on behalf of all your employers (instead of having each employer file a separate petition).

 

  • The US agent will have to submit a document explaining the terms and conditions of your employment.

 

Foreign Employer Through US Agent

 

  • If you will be working for a foreign employer, your petition will likely be filed by a US agent acting on the foreign employer’s behalf.

 

vi. Must Have an Advisory Opinion from a Peer Group, Labor Organization, or Management Organization

 

  • Another requirement to get an O1 visa is that you must receive an advisory opinion from a peer group, labor organization, or management organization.

 

 

  • A peer group can also be a person or group of people with experience in the field.

 

  • This letter must discuss the work that you will be doing in the US and should also discuss your qualifications.

 

  • The advisory opinion can either be favorable to your petition being approved, not favorable to your petition being approved, or state no objection to your petition being approved.

 

  • An exception to this requirement is if there is no appropriate peer group or labor organization. If there is no peer group or labor organization, you can submit evidence showing that one does not exist.

 

Now that we’ve talked about the requirements to get an O1 visa, lets talk about what documents you need to get an O1 visa.

 

4. What Documents are Needed to Apply for an O1 Visa?

 

  • The evidence that you submit with your O1 petition is extremely important to getting your visa approved.

 

  • The documents that you will need to submit depends on your particular qualifications. Your immigration lawyer can help you determine exactly which documents you will need to provide, based on your particular case.

 

With that disclaimer, here is a general list of documents you should expect to provide to your immigration lawyer:

 

  • Your resume or CV

 

  • Copies of your passport for you and your family

 

  • Evidence of your extraordinary ability or history of extraordinary achievement (such as awards, publications, etc.)

 

  • Letters of recommendation and endorsement from experts and professionals in your field

 

  • Advisory Opinion from a Peer Group, Labor Organization, or Management Organization

 

  • The employment contract between you are your US employer/US agent or a breakdown of the terms of your employment

 

  • An explanation of the specific work you will be doing in the United States.

 

5. How to Apply for an O1 Visa

 

Here’s a simplified breakdown of the process of getting an O1 Visa:

 

Step 1 - Hire an Immigration Lawyer

 

  • The O1 visa is an extremely complex visa category that requires experience and strategy.

 

  • Your immigration lawyer will walk you through the process step-by-step, conduct and in-depth consultation with you, and provide you with a detailed list of the documents they need to prepare your O1 visa petition.

 

Step 2 - Document Gathering

 

  • At this stage, you will gather all the necessary documentation identified by your immigration lawyer, including your awards, publications, other evidence of your extraordinary ability, and the documents identified in section 4 above.

 

Step 3 - File Form I-129 and O Supplement

 

  • The Form I-129 is the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.

 

  • This is the Form your immigration lawyer will file to qualify you for an O1 visa.

 

  • Your immigration lawyer will also file the O-supplement along with the I-129.

 

  • All of the supporting documents, such as your evidence of extraordinary ability, CV, etc. will also be included with the I-129

 

  • Once your I-129 is approved, you are eligible to apply for an O1 visa.

 

  • If you are doing a Change of Status, your steps are complete upon I-129 approval.

 

Step 4 - Apply for O1 Visa

 

  • If you are not doing a Change of Status, then you will likely be applying for your O1 visa at the Consulate of your home country.

 

  • Upon approval of your I-129, you are eligible to apply for your O1 visa.

 

  • Your immigration lawyer can assist you with scheduling an interview at the Consulate and preparing the necessary documents.

 

6. How Hard is it to Get Approved for an O1 Visa?

 

  • While the standards of extraordinary ability and extraordinary achievement for an O1 visa are very high, the O1 visa is attainable for the right candidate.

 

  • If your field of extraordinary ability is in science, business, athletics, education, or art, you must show “sustained national or international acclaim.”

 

  • If your field of extraordinary ability is in the motion picture or television industry, you must show “a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement.”

 

  • While there is no such thing as a guarantee of approval in US immigration law, your immigration lawyer should be able to estimate your chances of success early on in your case.

 

Although it is not officially required, it appears that USCIS takes a 2-step approach when deciding whether to approve an O1 petition:

 

  • Step 1 - Evidentiary Threshold

 

  • Step 2 - Final Merits Determination

 

Step 1 - Evidentiary Threshold

 

  • Here, USCIS determines whether you have provided sufficient evidence to satisfy the evidentiary criteria for an O1 visa.

 

  • At this stage, USCIS is checking whether you satisfy at least 3 of the categories listed above.

 

Step 2 - Final Merits Determination

 

  • Here, USCIS critically evaluates the evidence you’ve submitted to determine if you meet the standards to qualify for an O1 visa.

 

  • If your field of extraordinary ability is in the sciences, athletics, business, or education, USCIS is determining whether you have a level of expertise such that you one of the small percentage who have risen to the very top of your field.

 

  • If your field of extraordinary ability is in the arts, USCIS is determining whether you have achieved “distinction” at this stage.

 

  • If your field of extraordinary achievement is in the motion picture or television industry, here, USCIS is determining whether you have “a very high level of accomplishment in the motion picture or television industry evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition significantly above that ordinarily encountered tot he extent that the person is recognized as outstanding, notable, or leading in the motion picture or television field.”

 

7. How to Go From an O1 Visa to Green Card

 

  • The O1 visa is a non-immigrant visa category. This means that the O1 visa is temporary and does not directly lead to a green card.

 

  • In order to go from an O1 visa to a green card, you will have to either apply for an adjustment of status, or apply for an immigrant visa abroad.

 

Adjustment of Status

 

  • An adjustment of status is when you go from non-immigrant status to immigrant status.

 

  • In order to do an adjustment of status, you must be lawfully present in the United States.

 

  • The entire adjustment of status process is done within the United States and you are not required to go abroad.

 

Apply for Immigrant Visa

 

  • Alternatively, you can choose to apply for an immigrant visa abroad.

 

  • This process is referred to as Consular Processing, Visa Processing, or Immigrant Visa Processing.

 

Regardless of which route you choose, you will have to apply for and qualify for an immigrant classification. Here are some potential options:

 

EB1A

 

  • The EB1A visa is an immigrant visa classification for people with extraordinary abilities

 

  • The EB1A visa is very similar to the O1 visa, however it is a more exacting standard to meet.

 

  • You can apply for an EB1A visa through self-petition (without a company sponsor).

 

Work Sponsorship

 

  • Another option is that your employer can sponsor you for a green card through a job offer.

 

  • In order to do this your employer will have to apply for and get approved for a Labor Certification, which certifies that they attempted to and were unable to find a qualified US worker for the position they are offering you.

 

EB-5

 

  • The EB-5 visa is an investment-based immigrant visa.

 

  • To qualify for an EB-5 visa, you must invest a minimum of $1 Million (or $500,000 in certain economically depressed areas) in a US business.

 

  • You must also create a minimum of 10 full-time jobs for US workers among other requirements.

 

Marriage

 

  • Entering into a legitimate, bona-fide, marriage with a US citizen or lawful permanent resident can also enable you to apply for a green card.

 

8. Conclusion

 

  • The O1 visa is a great option for people who have an extraordinary ability in either the sciences, arts, athletics, business, or education, or who have a history of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry.

 

  • With an O1 visa, you can live and work in the United States for extended periods of time, and there is no limit to the number of times you can extend your O1 visa.

 

  • Please note: The process of getting an O1 visa is highly complex. Please be sure to consult with a qualified immigration lawyer as soon as you possible. Your immigration lawyer will help you decide the best course of action to take based on your circumstances and qualifications.

 

Quick Recap

 

At this point, you should have a much better understanding of:

 

  • What the O1 Visa is

 

  • The Benefits of an O1 Visa

 

  • The Requirements to Get an O1 Visa

 

  • The Documents that are Needed to Apply for an O1 Visa

 

  • How to Apply for an O1 Visa

 

  • How Hard is it to Get Approved for an O1 Visa

 

  • How to Go From an O1 Visa to Green Card

 

This is an immense amount of information to understand. If you have any questions about this information or about anything relating to US immigration, please feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m a US immigration lawyer, and I would be very happy to answer your questions.

 

Ashoori Law is a full-service immigration law firm focused on helping professionals and entrepreneurs get visas to the United States.

 

Got a question? Lets Talk!

 

Resources:

 

 

  • Business Immigration: Law & Practice, 2nd. Ed. - Chapter 12 O Visas and Status

 

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03:10 26 Oct 21
Thank you!
Matt Grayson
17:52 25 Oct 21
I am greatly satisfied with the services provided by this law firm (marriage based green card). The responsiveness and accuracy of provided information exceeded my expectations. Thank you for your help.
Edmund Yang
01:29 21 Oct 21
Mr. Michael Ashoori. Thank you for your help. If I need any immigration service, I will definitely work with you. Your law firm and every staff member of your firm is professional and helpful. Your employees even helped solve some unrelated issues.... Highly recommend to your future clients.read more
Aman Ahuja
19:27 20 Oct 21
I had the most wonderful experience working with Ashoori firm. Michael and team are super helpful and extremely knowledgeable people in the market right now. They deliver what they promise and are with you throughout the journey. Best part is... YouTube videos from Michael which helps us in keeping posted with latest news from USCIS.read more
Raveena Mathur
20:44 14 Oct 21
Ashoori Law is amazing! We collaborated with Jesser and I only have great things to share about the experience . Extremely accountable, humble and responsive work by him. Whole immigration process is hard but having him by our side was such a... blessing. Those difficult times with no answers, were made easier by Jesser. Would highly recommend:)read more
Ahmed Mohamed
02:37 14 Oct 21
I highly recommend Ashoori Law and the team that works there. Great and easy to work with, highly efficient and helpful. I will certainly continue to use their service.
Annette llanera
17:35 12 Oct 21
I like Ashoori law office because they are very good. They helped me with my papers to get my permanent residence card .All the staff were professional and responsible. Ashoori law office is very trustworthy and I highly recommend... this to my friends. A million thanks to all the staff and most of all to Michael Ashoori .God bless us..read more
Mufakhar Raza
19:46 11 Oct 21
They've been really helpful. Responded to all my questions and everything went really smooth so far. Strongly recommended!
Amit Patil
14:55 11 Oct 21
I am very happy with the service provided by Ashoori Law firm. I have processed my green card and employment authorization card from Ashoor Law. They are very professional and responsive.Throughout in my green card process Ashoori Law is very... cooperative, knowledgeable and supportive in the process. I really recommend Ashoori Law firm for the immigration law services.read more
Alannah Paul
18:12 10 Oct 21
Great experience with Ashoori Law. Very straight forward process and additional guidance provided when we needed it. Took me 5 months from application to interview for a spousal green card. Very pleased with the service and outcome!
Rijo Joy Kattukaran
16:51 10 Oct 21
My experience so far with Ashoori Law has been awesome. I was in a hurry as it was years of waiting, and then the turn came up quickly, I had to act fast, am very glad I made the decision to choose Ashoori Law. Right from the initial request for a... consultation, the entire team was very responsive, attentive, prompt, detailed oriented. They were very transparent, with their fees (which is very reasonable) and clear. Especially during this pandemic made it as much as they could easier for me through virtual online submissions as much as possible. Ashoori Law exhibited had prepared documentation which was very easy to fill in and complete. Special mention to Lahaina Araneta, who helped me with all my queries and I hardly had to wait more than a day for all those to be answered. Though my journey is still not yet complete, would use Ashoori Law for any of my future needs and also would recommend them for all who is looking for immigration needs. Again a big note of thanks for all your help.read more
ALI ALNASAR
21:26 08 Oct 21
They are quick to respond and answer any questions I have. The staff was friendly, helpful, and easy to understand. This is the most professional office I had dealt with!
Seann Farrell
01:36 08 Oct 21
Citizenship acquired from beginning to end in under 10 months. Professionally prepared paperwork, documentation easy to submit online, very pleased with the outcome. Without the professional services of Ashoori Law there's a good chance delays and... issues could have occurred. I recommend Ashoori if peace of mind is your goal.read more
Juliana Chen
21:30 04 Oct 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was excellent. The teams were very attentive, always there to help with any of my questions. Always quick to respond and deal with any of my concerns. They are very knowledgeable and professional. I couldn’t be more... pleased with the services that they provided to me. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone with legal needs.read more
amit singh
16:04 04 Oct 21
I had a consultation with Rohit today. He patiently listened to my case and questions and provided satisfactory responses to all. I am happy with the discussion. I may end up taking a paid consultation for more details. I would recommend them to... others as well. Thanks Rohit!read more
Ashish sinha
00:27 02 Oct 21
I reached Michel to get help on i765(L2 EAD) expedite request. He explained me the chances are slim yet filed the request on my behalf.They are just a message away and revert phone calls anytime. They try to explain every bit of your... case.Despite of my expedite request having a low chance of approval, I am glad that my case was picked it's all because Michel and his team prepared my case so well that I got the expedited request approved.I am so happy, kudos to Michel, venshkha, jaser.Ashish Sinharead more
Dina Ibrahem
22:56 01 Oct 21
I've been dealing with them for a year now, they helped me a lot, very professional and friendly! I am always comfortable taking their advices and consult them through my case and they never let me down. and most importantly is that they are very... humble and available literally any time i needed an advice or if I have any concerns.I also LOVE that they email me before any important appointment I would have, making sure that I receive the mails and always sending me soft copies just in case which is GREAT and they constantly keep reminding all the way till my appointment comes. I am still a client with them and very happy, Thanks to Vaneskha Wilson, Jeser Romero, Lahaina Araneta, Milena Manukyan, Elaine Leduna , Karla Samayoa and of course Michael Ashoori.read more
Sach Gill
19:39 30 Sep 21
Had a chat with Rohit Srinivasa. He is informative and possess good knowledge about the immigration related matters. Highly recommended.
Aniruddha Ghosh
16:53 30 Sep 21
Talked to Rohit Srinivasa from Ashoori Law. He is incredibly knowledgable about US immigration laws and is quite freindly. Highly recommended if you are a student on F-1 (OPT, STEM) or are looking to file H-1B.
Kristina Karalic
18:56 29 Sep 21
We accidentally found Ashoori Law online, but we're so happy we did because they have been nothing but outstanding! Ashoori Team has been helping us with multiple cases, including B, L visas and green cards. Their portal is very user friendly, and... their staff is always responsive, caring and detailed. I'd like to give a special shout-out to their Director of Legal Operations, Lahaina Araneta, who has been an absolute delight to work with. I am highly recommending Ashoori Law to anyone seeking immigration services!read more
Zulfa Sultana
18:18 29 Sep 21
I am glad I chose them. Above everything, they are friendly and work closely with you. Owner of the law firm himself is available to talk if needed. Highly recommending them.
Joao Castro
00:31 29 Sep 21
Michael and his team deserve more than a five star rating. I hired Mike already based on a recommendation from a friend of mine, who also requested his services. My friend gave him five star as well, and this could simply not be different.Since my... first contact with Michael, I've perceived his solid ethical principles, responsive professionalism and personal attention to all details in US immigration complex process. In my case, he was key for me to obtain I-131 permits for three Green Cards - and the documents were shipped after just six weeks after the process initiation. In another process, he has been immediately responsive to replace Green Cards. And all my contacts were online - which is a testimony of his great online reputation.If you are looking for US Immigration lawyer assistance for true delivery, great value and avoid risks and potential problems, the answer is Michael Ashoori Law, with his fantastic team, that really and personally takes care of your immigration needs.JCread more
Ahmad Jawid
01:45 28 Sep 21
Ashoori Law, Michael and his team are very professional , helpful and great people for their clients . i am very glad that i had Ashoori Law team for my paperworks . I recommend everyone Ashoori Law especially for Immigration purposes ask for... Michael .read more
Ariel 0054 Realty
01:43 28 Sep 21
Extremely professional teamWithout any doubt, they can handle with knowledge and expertise any caseYou are in good hands with them
Mittal Patel
20:29 27 Sep 21
Have worked with many immigration Lawyers. Ashoori law was very affordable and got back to me in timely manner. Made sure I was on time with my fillings and that we responded to our RFE with adequate info. Lahaina is one of their E2 lawyers and was... expert with these kinds of cases. Will hire them again for renewals.read more
Pragalath Mohandas
20:30 25 Sep 21
Amazing experience. Ashoori Law firm gave me hope and prepared a strong case & I got my E2 case approved in one week. I spoke to other immigration lawyers & i was not satisfied. its easy to communicate with everyone! I highly recommend them to... anyone looking to get immigration help!read more
bhakti savai
12:26 21 Sep 21
I had great experience with Ashoori Law. Professional, knowledgeable, responsive, client-centric, and timely! Highly recommended!
William & Heather Oon
01:17 20 Sep 21
We are grateful and thankful to Ashoori Law and its team. They are very understanding, patient, responsive with all our enquiries and prompt in providing updates to our status. We highly recommended their service.
Kaushik Kuila
19:43 17 Sep 21
I have used Michael Ashoori's Law Firm for my mother's Green Card processing. I have found them very professional and responsive along the way, answering all my queries in a timely manner. I'll readily use them for any immigrations needs in future.
Hyunwook Shin
07:45 10 Sep 21
Michael Ashoori and his firm helped us navigate the complex filing process, answer any questions we have with care, and eventually attain successful approvals. Highly recommended!
Sharon Shanaya
21:53 05 Sep 21
My case was a bit complicated due to my ex-husband and his family but this firm dealt with my I-485 case so nicely and professionally. I was given only 2 weeks to lodge my application due to my messy divorce. This firm made sure my case was filed... before my conditional green card expires. Got my green card in 5 months even during this Covid time when everything takes ages to process. I Will recommend them to anyone who is having difficulty with immigration. Absolutely the best. Don't waste ur time with other attorneys.read more
H. George
02:10 01 Sep 21
Very professional, they have a very good system to prepare your case and make proper follow ups.My case was a little bit complicated and other places they were taking advantage trying to charge me a lots of money but Michael never did... that.Recommending 100% best lawyer ever.read more
Linda Bradley
06:06 25 Aug 21
Very happy with your services 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
jarka sakacova
01:08 24 Jul 21
I have a very pleasant experience with Rohit from Ashoori Law , he was very patient, professional and had a strong knowledge and answered all my questions in detail. I would recommend highly to use Ashoori Law service.
samah elwakkad
15:36 23 Jul 21
I would like to thank Ahoori law office and all the team who was helping us to obtain our L1A approvalThis office Law is truly dedicated to clients, very responsive and professional, they helped me get through so many obstacles.Can't thank them... enough for their effortsIt's really amazing how they guide their clients until they achieve their goals.Thank you Michael for the amazing dedicated team and a special thanks for Lahaina who is really an amazing person and very knowledgeable and really helpful and supportive, also Christina who has helped me a lot through this.You're the best guysKeep it upread more
raechel schofield
22:07 22 Jul 21
Highly recommend Ashoori Law. My adjustment of status was a smooth and easy process. They are always happy to answer any questions you may have along the way.
Kishore Kumar
21:13 22 Jul 21
I highly recommend Michael and his legal team for being thorough professionals. I worked with Lahaina Araneta and Kelly Raposa. Both are so helpful. They made my adjustment of status to register permanent residence a smooth and seamless process. I... definitely recommend their service !read more
Manoj Gunawardena
13:46 22 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law is very good, all of my questions were quickly answered and clearly. The staff was qualified, friendly. Specially I worked with Mr. Rohit Srinivasa . I can highly recommend them.
Mohammad Ahraz Hussain
19:55 20 Jul 21
The whole process of evaluating the case, submission of RFE and then correspondence was extremely well done!
Zed Karkar
15:06 20 Jul 21
A Very helpful and professional law firm. helped us out with our application.
Inger Nicolaisen
14:57 15 Jul 21
Michael Ashoori’s professionalism and expertise is unmatched in the industry! My experience with Ashoori Law is very positive, all of my questions were quickly answered making my adjustment of status a very smooth process. The staff was... unbelievably friendly and ensured the best amount of care was taken with my case! I can’t recommend them enough!!read more
Sadaf Nadeem
00:42 09 Jul 21
I highly recommend Micheal and his legal team for being thorough professionals. Their knowledge and expertise are second to none and their work ethic is unmatched.
kvshirazi
18:28 08 Jul 21
I had a great experience with Ashoori Law. Lahaina, Michael and Ehsan helped me to get my TN visa approved in no time.Lahaina is very responsive. Being able to reach out and talk to your lawyer/attorney is exactly what you need when you apply for... your visa...I definitely recommend them for any immigration services.read more
Julien Jeanneau
17:38 07 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was great, even with the current situation, everybody always answered promptly and comprehensively to our questions. They made my adjustment of status a smooth and seamless process. I definitely recommend their service... !read more
Dispatch S
03:09 06 Jul 21
I worked with Lahaina and James. Both are so helpful. I wanna give more than five star for their excellent guidance and professional service. I must recommend their service.
Linus Verus
18:26 01 Jun 21
Hands down, Ashoori Law is a firm that you can rely on. As a greencard holder working abroad, It can be quite a struggle to do your own legwork in applying for a travel document especially in these trying times with the pandemic. I tried looking up... other lawfirms that could help me but found that they seemed more interested to engage me in a chargeable phone consultation rather than answer my questions. Then I came across Ashoori's Youtube channel with videos providing valuable information and updates on immigration laws and that's when I decided to look them up on Facebook to learn more about them. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that you can actually book a free phone consultation with them and so I did. They will explain everything clearly and answer all your questions so that you can decide for yourself and weigh out if your situation calls for their service. Sign up was so simple and the guidance with the documentations were so easy to follow. A sharp contrast to the time when I did my own filing, where I had to book an appointment with a USCIS field office only to find that they don't accept applications there. I've had to do the runs to review the tediously worded process from the USCIS website, print documents, mail them and hope that it gets through without hitting a snag (it did). With Ashoori Law, I definitely felt represented and truly was by a professional team that kept me posted and were very responsive to my questions. I've had a recent change of address which they quickly filed for me at no extra cost. All I had to do was wait until my travel document was granted which I received in the mail via express courier. Great value for professional services from beginning to end. Easy to engage with. A big thanks to the Ashoori team for getting me through this process free of stress. Folks, save yourself from pain. Get representation from Ashoori Law!read more
Steven Tadros
18:50 20 May 21
I had a very positive experience getting my TN visa as a Canadian. The firm was very helpful, quick in their replies and helped guide us in filing the right documents in order to get the approval. This was important for me in a time where the... approval for a new job was fundamental. I am grateful and would recommend their services.read more
Dean Katz
17:23 20 May 21
Michael Ashoori is an outstanding professional. He knows the details of his practice. He will get his clients through difficult times with knowledge and with care.
Dawit Gezaw
01:35 07 May 21
I recommend 100%
Sofia Malferrari
22:32 05 May 21
Amazing service. I had a conversation with Karla who helped me get the big picture of my situation. She's a smart and lovely person to talk with. I 100% recommend their service!
Harsh Patel
19:34 04 May 21
They guided me really well through the process for my mom's travel document. Prompt response and processing of application. Ms. Karla helped me really well. I just explained my mom's situation to her and she guided me based on that really well. The... youtube video updates on new immigration stuff from Mr. Michael are really helpful too. Ms. Milena helped me really well to get my mom's travel document delivered to my address. Very reliable service.read more
Liza Macaspac
17:14 03 May 21
Just recently we got our E2 approval by the help of lawyers and staff of Ashoori Law office. They been very responsive with all my queries, full of knowledge and advance technology that can easily upload my documents without going to their office. I... would not hesitate to recommend to my relatives and friends who will be needing help to process their visa. It is also been help that Attorney Michael Ashoori who always sending updates about immigration policies and changes through his vlog that can watch in YouTube and now tiktok. It's a big help for us to be updated and learn about US immigration law and policy. Thanks to my laywer Lahaina Araneta, Atty Michael Ashoori and the rest of the staff and manager in this office. You are all such a big help and very professional in handling our case. Thank you!read more
Alexander Simpson
22:06 29 Apr 21
Exceptional service, professionalism and respect towards their clients!
LINDA NHAMBU
05:08 23 Apr 21
I had the privilege of being represented by Ashoori Law in filing for a re-entry permit. They were highly exceptional, professional, detailed and well versed with immigration law. I was extremely pleased with their services especially how they... followed up with USCIS and gave me constant feedback. Ashoori Law works diligently on your behalf , and I truly felt like I was their only client.Thank you for the outstanding service .read more
Nupur Dave
02:36 10 Apr 21
I used Ashoori law for my permit application. What I loved about working with them is the care that they took of me and my case. They were genuinely interested in helping me. They were responsive and give me almost personalised attention by... answering all my questions in detail.I also loved the way they manage the cases Through a dashboard where you can see the latest status of your case. It really helped me access the status of my application at any time I wanted.Their fee was very reasonable. Their understanding of the legal implications of my application was comprehensive. I intend to continue to use their services in the future. 👍read more
Ricardo de Santiago
22:44 02 Apr 21
Ashoori Law firm provided outstanding service to my immigration need. Lahaina Araneta, Esq. helped me obtain the highly sough-after TN Visa as a Management Consultant and I couldn't be more grateful. The staff is very friendly, responsive, and... knowledgeable. I highly recommend this firm.read more
Zohir Berkane
16:14 25 Mar 21
Miss Karla was really nice and very helpful. She was answering all my questions and gave me many advices. Miss Karla, thank you so much, you made my day.
Jane Lopez
17:08 19 Mar 21
The best Law Firm I have ever called. Very friendly Staff. Was able to answer my inquiries right away. And was able to solved my Problem. Thank you so much Ashoori Law.
Elsha Shaju
22:01 11 Mar 21
I would highly recommend the firm Ashoori Law for any immigration cases or concerns and had a great experience with, Mr.Rohit Srinivasa. I am very much satisfied and will look forward working with them in future for any related cases. Best Wishes to... the entire team and sincere thanks for all your efforts.read more
Ravil Sharma
04:25 11 Mar 21
Ashoori Law were able to accommodate me quickly enough to meet my deadlines. They have been helpful throughout the entire process, answered many questions and always got back to my emails or voice messages in a timely manner. Michael and his team... are professional. I came across them after not completely satisfied with the work of my previous immigration law firm as they were cheaper. I then teamed up with Ashoori law and saw a huge difference from the first consultation and continue to see that standard throughout. I highly recommend to anyone to chose Ashoori law, it can be a daunting experience if not handled properly. However Michael’s team have done so many times before will manage to take the stress out and take care of business at hand.read more
Donna Hua
23:59 10 Mar 21
The team has all the right ingredients to success: Knowledgeable, responsive, efficient and informative. What more could you ask for?
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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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