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Visas for Culinary & Performance Artists in Los Angeles

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Professionals who excel in the culinary or performance arts can be great candidates for O-1 and O-2 visas, which allow them to apply their extraordinary abilities in the United States. Generally, you must demonstrate your extraordinary abilities through international recognition, distinguished awards, and other tangible or intangible markers of your expertise. Helpful information for successful O-1 visa petitions can include original contributions to your industry, previous employment in an essential capacity, and receipt of high compensation in related opportunities.

Whether or not you possess the requisite level of ability, proving this to USCIS can be a tremendous challenge. Our team at Oakhurst Immigration Law has extensive experience assembling applications in a way that presents our clients in the best possible lighting. We also take the time to understand your qualifications, circumstances, and goals to ensure we file the most appropriate visa petition. Many qualified individuals are unable to obtain a visa simply because they select a visa category that doesn’t suit them. When you bring your case to our firm, you can trust us to handle your future with care and precision.


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Culinary & Performance Artists We Assist

Chefs, cooks, bartenders, and bakers bring invaluable techniques, flavors, and ideas to the United States. Culinary professionals often commend international awards and recognition in prominent news outlets such as articles and profiles. Each of these feats is incredibly helpful for proving eligibility in the O-1 category.

Formal education and pedigree can help prove extraordinary ability petitions for culinary professionals but are not an absolute requirement. Many forms of cultural foods do not have formal education methods but can still support an O-1 petition.

Our lawyers at Oakhurst Immigration Law are regularly discovering new approaches to help chefs and culinary professionals obtain employment-based visas for themselves, their staff, and their families. To maintain a competitive edge, restaurants and other food-related employers require the services of the best people in the culinary industry.

Here are just a few of the culinary artists we can assist:

  • Professional chefs and cooks
  • Pastry chefs
  • Bartenders
  • Sommeliers
  • Brewers and distillers
  • Station hefs
  • Sauciers
  • Poissonniers
  • Entremetiers
  • Rotisseurs
  • Garde managers

O-1 visa holders from the world of culinary arts make significant contributions to the fabric of American society and can earn the opportunity to become permanent residents of the United States. We encourage potential O-1 candidates to document their success and pursue awards of international recognition to help their cases in the future.

While not in the same industry as culinary professionals, performance artists generally must demonstrate the same qualifications to obtain an O-1 visa. These qualifications can include international acclaim in media or professional publications, sustained accomplishments, distinguished awards, and other markers such as high salaries.

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As a law firm, we have several goals. We strive to arm each of our clients with the knowledge they need to make fully informed decisions during their immigration process. We also aim to provide nothing less than the highest level of legal advocacy and representation. As an individual with extraordinary talents and global contributions, you shouldn’t need to worry about the complex elements of a visa petition process. This is why we’re here—to guide you through the immigration system so you can focus on your craft.

We help the following performance artists and more:
  • Theater actors and professionals
  • Comedians
  • Improv professionals
  • Dancers
  • Circus performers
  • Musical theater professionals

Visas for Essential Support Staff of O-1 Visa Holders

Oakhurst Immigration Law also helps O-1 visa holders bring in their most important support workers using the O-2 visa category, which grants the same length of status as the O-1 visa. O-2 visa holders are only permitted to support the work of the original O-1 holder and do not have work authorization that extends past this. Essential support staff of O-1 visa holders must limit their work activities, or else they could risk the cancellation of their visa status.

USCIS grants O-2 visas to those who will join an O-1 artist for a specific event or performance. USCIS must see evidence that the prospective O-2 visa holder’s contributions are essential for the O-1 visa holder’s work. The prospective O-2 worker must have critical skills and experience with the O-1 visa holder that cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker and that are essential to the successful performance of the O-1 visa holder.

Would you like to learn more about O-1 and O-2 visas for culinary and performance artists and their supporting staff? Our team is fully prepared to assist you. Call (310) 742-8005 or contact us online today.

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