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New Form I-9, Becomes Mandatory on January 22, 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently released an updated version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new Form I-9, dated 11/14/2016, will become mandatory on Jan. 22, 2017, replacing the version dated 03/08/2013, which may continue to be used until Jan. 21, 2017. Under federal immigration law, employers must maintain a properly completed […] Read more

Nov, 22, 2016

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O-1 Visa Standards Breifly Discussed

O-1 Visa Standards The O-1 Visa Standards and requirements are centered around providing sufficient evidence to substantiate the beneficiaries standing in his or her field of endeavor. The beneficiaries standing in the field can be manifested in countless ways depending on each applicant’s individual situations. We will use a, A Song Writer for this example, […] Read more

Sep, 04, 2016

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How Long Does the O-1 Visa Process Take?

O-1 Visa Process It depends on how you choose to process your O1 visa application. There are two distinctive handling alternatives that are offered by the USCIS, Regular Processing, and Premium Processing. In the event that a candidate uses theRegular Processing option then current handling times are around 2 months in spite of the fact […] Read more

Sep, 04, 2016

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O1 Visa Filing Fees Set to Rise

  May 2016 the USCIS published a notice proposing an increase in the filing fees for most visa applications, including the O1 Visa for nonimmigrant workers with extraordinary ability in the art, science, business, education, athletics and motion pictures and television industry. Current fees to file for an O1 visa are $325 for regular processing […] Read more

May, 29, 2016

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NYC Hits Record Job Total Across All Five Boroughs

NYC Hits Record Job Total Across All Five Boroughs When Mayor de Blasio came into office in January 2014 and promised an economy that was both vibrant and inclusive, there were plenty of skeptics wondering if he could deliver on his promise. As it turns out, he has delivered in a big way. In February […] Read more

May, 20, 2016

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5 Ways to Stay Creative

Every professional hits a wall periodically. But for artists, this wall can feel thousands of feet tall. Whether you’re experiencing the proverbial writer’s block or you’re just feeling flat out uninspired, there are remedies to getting the creative juices flowing again: 1. Carry a Notebook Everywhere. As you’re probably aware, inspiration can come from anywhere. […] Read more

May, 07, 2016

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O-1 Visa eSports, Yes has Been Approved

O-1 Visa eSports

In the past, professional athletes approved by the USCIS for work visas had been champions of arenas such as a football field, basketball court or boxing ring, to name a few. Nowadays, you don’t have to run a six-minute mile or catch a football one-handed to be considered a professional athlete—they’re champions of a different arena—the digital one. O-1 Visa eSports is possible

eSports players are professional video gamers from around the world who compete in tournaments against other players in games such as Call of Duty, Halo, and League of Legends. The sport has risen exponentially every year in popularity. In fact, back in 2013, an estimated 71,500,000 people worldwide watched competitive gaming. It’s also estimated that the eSports sector will generate a revenue of $621m worldwide. While that’s nowhere near the revenue generated by say, the National Football League (est. 13 bn), to put it in perspective, Major League Soccer only generated an estimated $461m in 2014.

In 2013, a Canadian League of Legends player named, Danny “Shiphtur” Le became the world’s first professional video gamer to receive a P-1A visa. This type of visa is normally designated for “Internationally Recognized Athletes”.

One day shortly, the world may see the first pro gamer ever to be approved for an O1A visa, designated for an athlete with extraordinary talent.

Think you have what it takes? Schedule a free consultation with Creative Artist International today! Call 1-323-210-8051 or email us at info@visasforcreativeartist.com to get started on the exciting path to an O1 visa or O-1 Visa eSports!

Apr, 24, 2016

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O1 Visa an Alternative to H-1B

H-1B Or O-1 Visa As H-1B visa season officially kicks off, thousands of hopeful foreign workers will begin sending out visa applications. Though many who apply for an H-1B visa are approved every year, due to an annual cap, there is a multitude of workers who will not be approved as a result of the […] Read more

Apr, 09, 2016

 
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Success Story: Jose Augusto de Azevedo Antunes Filho

Creative Artist International is proud to announce that our client, Jose Augusto de Azevedo Antunes Filho, has officially been approved for an O1 Visa! As a professional tri-athlete and multiple-time top finisher in the Iron Man participant in Brazil, he has worked extremely hard to get to where he is in his life and career. […] Read more

Apr, 06, 2016

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USCIS Welcomed Almost 20,000 New Citizens For President’s Day

Earlier this month, the USCIS celebrated President’s Day by honoring George Washington and other former presidents by welcoming in nearly 20,000 citizens during upwards of 180 naturalization ceremonies around the country from February 12-22. This was part of a recognition by the U.S. government of the history and lasting importance of immigrants in the United […] Read more

Feb, 28, 2016

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