O-1 VISA Roadmaps

MPLG’s O-1A and O-1B roadmaps provide you with further details on how our immigration attorneys will work with you for crafting a winning petition. The roadmap describes our methodology and  technology we use for data collection and gives you a realistic timeline for preparing an O-1 petition. We provide you with this roadmap so you have transparency in the processing timeline and can plan your immigration goals accordingly.

O-1 Visa Roadmap for the O-1A

Download MPLG’s O-1A Roadmap. This Roadmap set forth the timeline for effectively putting together a strong petition. 

 

O-1A Roadmap

An O-1A will require proving i) at least three of the following eight prongs, accompanied by ii)
documentation. Typically, we are able to show somewhere between four and seven out of the
eight. In order to increase our chances of success our policy is to win as many as we can. Per firm
policy we will not be able to agree to prove just the bare minimum of three.

At least 3 of the following forms of documentation:

1. Documentation of the alien’s receipt of nationally or internationally recognized prizes or
awards for excellence in the field of endeavor;
2. Documentation of the alien’s membership in associations in the field for which classification
is sough, which require outstanding achievements of their members, as judged by
recognized national or international experts in their disciplines or fields;
3. Published material in professional or major trade publications or major media about the
alien, relating to the alien’s work in the field for which classification is sought, which shall
include the title, date, and author of such published material, and any necessary translation;
4. Evidence of the alien’s participation on a panel, or individually, as a judge of the work of
others in the same or in an allied field of specialization to that for which classification is
sought;
5. Evidence of the alien’s original scientific, scholarly, or business-related contributions of
major significance in the field;
6. Evidence of the alien’s authorship of scholarly articles in the field, in professional journals,
or other major media;
7. Evidence that the alien has been employed in a critical or essential capacity for
organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation;
8. Evidence that the alien has either commanded a high salary or will command a high salary
or other remuneration for services, evidenced by contracts or other reliable evidence.
If the criteria above do not readily apply to the beneficiary’s occupation, the petitioner may submit
“comparable evidence” in order to establish eligibility.

Technology:

After much trial and error on petitions this size we require that you use Egnyte (our cloud service)
to share documents with us. We will send you credentials as part of the case initiation.

We encourage you to open up the Egnyte folder associated with you as you read this document as it
should contain a folder hierarchy that reflects the above prongs.

STEP 1 – BENEFICIARY – ONE TIME COLLECTION & REFERENCES

We have set up eight prong folders in Egnyte. The Beneficiary would drop in there all the primacy
documentation that applies to each.
• For Prong 1, provide scans of all lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or
awards (if they are in foreign language they will need to be translated by an official
translator), also provide URL’s;
• For prong 2, provide all invitations to join associations or groups that require outstanding
achievement, also provide URL’s;
• For Prong 6, if applicable, please provide a list of URL’s;
• For Prong 3, please provide URL’s to the entire universe of press about you;
• For Prong 4, please provide all invitation letters to judge the work of others;
• Prong 5, 7, and 8 developed via attorney consultation and references (see below).
Please treat this like an exhaustive information dump, to give us the whole universe of documents
to evaluate/review.
Reference
In addition, the Beneficiary will need to provide the names, full biographies, and CV’s of the
references that will be writing reference letters on the Beneficiary’s behalf. The Beneficiary should
identify to us which prongs they are best for. Please create a “References Identities Document” in
the Reference folder on Egnyte.
[3 – 5 BUSINESS DAYS].
It is better to request extra time during this stage to be thorough instead of introducing new
evidence later on.

STEP 2 – ATTORNEY – REVIEW

Once the Beneficiary finishes with the information dump we will review the documents and
references information to come up with the best “field” in which to categorize/qualify the
Beneficiary. This is the moment the case gets its “thesis.”
[3 – 5 BUSINESS DAYS]

 

STEP 3 – ATTORNEY, WITH BENEFICIARY AVAILABILITY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

 

Once the thesis is in place we will ask the Beneficiary to write the first draft of the letters that will
accompany the petition. These are then given to the attorney for review/edit. There is frequent
back and forth required. Then we work together to clean them up and finalize them and give them
to the Beneficiary to get them signed.
[10 BUSINESS DAYS]

STEP 4 – ATTORNEY ONLY

As we wait for the letters to come back signed, the attorney takes the final drafts of the letters we
generated, as well as the documents that were collected earlier in the process, to put together the
legal memorandum, the company support letter, and finalize the forms.
[3 – 5 BUSINESS DAYS]

STEP 5 – BENEFICIARY AND COMPANY

The Beneficiary reviews the attorney memorandum, and the company reviews the company
support letter and forms.
[1 – 3 BUSINESS DAYS]

STEP 6 – ATTORNEY

MPLG administrative and attorney review and finalization plus mailing.
[2 BUSINESS DAYS].
We reserve an extra 5 business days to address weaknesses discovered.

STEP 7 – ATTORNEY – FILING

[2 BUSINESS DAYS]
Max time = 35 business days.
Minimum time = 22 business days.
The dates are approximate, based on estimates. Individual cases may vary.
We look forward to assisting you on a successful path to the O-1 visa!
-MPLG Team

O-1 Visa Roadmap for the O-1B

Download MPLG’s O-1B Roadmap. This Roadmap set forth the timeline for effectively putting together a strong petition

O-1B Roadmap

To qualify as an alien of extraordinary ability in the field of arts, the alien must be recognized as being
prominent in his or her field of endeavor as demonstrated by the following:
(A) Evidence that the alien has been nominated for, or has been the recipient of, significant national or
international awards or prizes in the particular field such as an Academy Award, an Emmy, a Grammy, or
a Director’s Guild Award;
or
(B) At least three of the following forms of documentation:
(1) Evidence that the alien has 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;
(2) Evidence that the alien has achieved national or international recognition for achievements
evidenced by critical reviews or other published materials by or about the individual in major
newspapers, trade journals, magazines, or other publications;
(3) Evidence that the alien has 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;
(4) Evidence that the alien has a record of major commercial or critically acclaimed successes as
evidenced by such indicators as title, rating, standing in the field, box office receipts, motion pictures or
television ratings, and other occupational achievements reported in trade journals, major newspapers,
or other publications;
(5) Evidence that the alien has received significant recognition for achievements from organizations,
critics, government agencies, or other recognized experts in the field in which the alien is engaged. Such
testimonials must be in a form which clearly indicates the author’s authority, expertise, and knowledge
of the alien’s achievements; or
(6) Evidence that the alien has either commanded a high salary or will command a high salary or other
substantial remuneration for services in relation to others in the field, as evidenced by contracts or
other reliable evidence; or
If the criteria above do not readily apply to the beneficiary’s occupation, the petitioner may submit
comparable evidence in order to establish the beneficiary’s eligibility.

Technology:

After much trial and error on petitions this size we require that you use Egnyte (our cloud service) to
share documents with us. We will send you credentials as part of the case initiation.
We encourage you to open up the Egnyte folder associated with you as you read this document as it
should contain a folder hierarchy that reflects the above prongs.

STEP 1 – BENEFICIARY – ONE TIME COLLECTION & REFERENCES

We have set up eight prong folders in Egnyte. The Beneficiary would drop in there all the primacy
documentation that applies to each.
Please treat this like an exhaustive information dump, to give us the whole universe of documents to
evaluate/review.

Reference

In addition, the Beneficiary will need to provide the names, full biographies, and CV’s of the references
that will be writing reference letters on the Beneficiary’s behalf. The Beneficiary should identify to us
which prongs they are best for. Please create a “References Identities Document” in the Reference
folder on Egnyte.
[3 – 5 BUSINESS DAYS].
It is better to request extra time during this stage to be thorough instead of introducing new evidence
later on.

STEP 2 – ATTORNEY – REVIEW

Once the Beneficiary finishes with the information dump we will review the documents and references
information to come up with the best “field” in which to categorize/qualify the Beneficiary. This is the
moment the case gets its “thesis.”
[3 – 5 BUSINESS DAYS]

STEP 3 – ATTORNEY, WITH BENEFICIARY AVAILABILITY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Once the thesis is in place we will ask the Beneficiary to write the first draft of the letters that will
accompany the petition. These are then given to the attorney for review/edit. There is frequent back
and forth required. Then we work together to clean them up and finalize them and give them to the
Beneficiary to get them signed.
[10 BUSINESS DAYS]

 

STEP 4 – ATTORNEY ONLY

As we wait for the letters to come back signed, the attorney takes the final drafts of the letters we
generated, as well as the documents that were collected earlier in the process, to put together the legal
memorandum, the company support letter, and finalize the forms.
[3 – 5 BUSINESS DAYS]

STEP 5 – BENEFICIARY AND COMPANY

The Beneficiary reviews the attorney memorandum, and the company reviews the company support
letter and forms.
[1 – 3 BUSINESS DAYS]

STEP 6 – ATTORNEY

MPLG administrative and attorney review and finalization plus mailing.
[2 BUSINESS DAYS].
We reserve an extra 5 business days to address weaknesses discovered.

STEP 7 – ATTORNEY – FILING

[2 BUSINESS DAYS]
Max time = 35 business days.
Minimum time = 22 business days.
The dates are approximate, based on estimates. Individual cases may vary.
We look forward to assisting you on a successful path to the O-1 visa!
-MPLG Team