Extraordinary and Outstanding: O-1As and EB-1s for Science and Business

Extraordinary and Outstanding: O-1As and EB-1s for Science and Business

Extraordinary and Outstanding: O-1As and EB-1s for Science and Business - Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 1/19/2021
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

The panelists on this intermediate session will examine how to demonstrate extraordinary or outstanding ability for O-1A petitions in the sciences or business. While the O-1B for artists and entertainers has clear parameters for what is considered “extraordinary,” the concept is much more amorphous in other sectors. The panelists will present ways to document the beneficiary’s ability, and discuss strategies for presenting this information to USCIS in the most compelling manner. They also will review the National Interest Exception (NIE) to the relevant presidential proclamations, and address whether the level of ability required for an O-1A petition may rise to the level of what is required for the NIE.

Featured Topics:

  • How Outstanding Does a Beneficiary Need to Be: The Changing Standards of Outstanding Extraordinary Ability
  • Documenting and Presenting Scientific Research and Business Metrics in a Way That USCIS Will Understand
  • Making the Leap from O-1A to EB-1: Dealing with Standards of Review
  • When Is the National Interest Waiver a Viable Option for a Difficult O-1/EB-1 Case?
  • Proving That an Alien of Extraordinary Ability Is Also in the National Interest for NIE Purposes

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Becki Young (DL), Client Resources Committee Chair, Silver Spring, MD
Becki Young, co-founder of Grossman Young & Hammond, is a business immigration attorney with over 20 years of experience. She has facilitated the sponsorship of foreign professionals, trainees, and individuals of "extraordinary ability." She regularly provides immigration advice to clients in a broad range of industries. Ms. Young is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is highly recommended by Chambers & Partners, Legal500, Who's Who Legal, and Washingtonian magazine, among others.

Lucy Cheung, New York, NY
Lucy Cheung is a partner at Goldstein and Cheung LLP. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and NAFSA-Association of International Educators, among other organizations. Ms. Cheung is currently a member of the AILA USCIS Case Assistance (CAC) Committee and the chair for the NAFSA ISS-RP Travel Subcommittee. She received her law degree from New England Law | Boston in 2008.

Ellen Krengel, Menlo Park, CA
Ellen Krengel has been practicing immigration law exclusively for thirty years. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, she focuses her practice on the technology sector including start-up businesses and entrepreneurs in addition to assisting other professionals. She has considerable experience with consular visa matters and has appeared as an expert in immigration matters on radio, television, newspapers and immigration court. She is the current CBP & DOS Liaison for AILA’s Santa Clara Valley Chapter.

Neena Wiora, Addison, TX
Neena Wiora is a shareholder at Gupta and Wiora, P.C. with extensive experience in the field of employment-based immigration law. She has held this position for over 20 years. Before this, Neena worked as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division. Neena received her BBA in Accounting and Math in 1986 and her J.D. in 1990, both degrees from Southern Methodist University. Neena is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a board member of Junior Players Guild, and former trustee of the Greenhill School. She is also active in Attorneys Serving the Community.

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