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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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Looking For a Recommender for your O1 visa letter of recommendation?

One of the most important things to keep in my when you’re applying for an O-1 visa is the people who will serve as your recommenders. Immigration officers put a lot of importance on the O1 visa letter of recommendation, they can often make or break the petition. What constitutes as a solid recommender?   […] Read more

The Main Difference Between O-1 and EB-1 Visas

If you’re an individual with extraordinary talent and interested in working in the United States, you can apply for either an O-1 visa (O-1A or O-1B) or an EB-1 visa. Though both visa types are designated for international individuals who possess extraordinary talent in their career fields, there is one major difference:   O-1 Visas […] Read more

Feb, 27, 2016

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Applying for an O-2 Visa as an Assistant of an O-1 Work Visa

O-2 Visa for an O-1 Work Visa   Let’s say you’ve been working with someone in your country who has decided to apply for an O-1 work visa and move to the U.S. You may be wondering if you just lost your job. However, your employer is insisting that you come along with him or […] Read more

Feb, 20, 2016

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Switching from J-1 to O-1

Suppose you’re a research scholar or professor working in the United States under a non-immigrant J-1 visa, but you’re considering switching to an O-1 visa. Is that even possible? Absolutely! A J-1 holder who is subject to the two-year home requirement and unable to obtain a waiver, is a good candidate for an O-1 visa. […] Read more

Feb, 18, 2016

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How a Visitor Visa Can Benefit an O-1 Visa Applicant

Let’s say you’re thinking about moving to the U.S. to further your career on an O-1 visa, but you’re not sure about employment or where you might want to live? Wouldn’t it be smart to visit the U.S. first and conduct some research? Absolutely! Generally speaking, there are two types of visas: Nonimmigrant Visa: Is […] Read more

Self-Employment And Filing For an O-1 Visa

Many people around the world are self-employed. Creative Artist International understands these are hard-working individuals with a drive to succeed. When filing a petition for an O-1 Visa, you may wonder if it’s possible to qualify if you’re partially or fully self-employed. The short answer? No. If you’re planning on coming to the United States to […] Read more

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