visas for extraordinary individuals
As one working in the arts and
entertainment industry, do you have "distinction"? The INS
defines this as having a high level of achievement in the arts as
manifested by a level of skill and recognition that is significantly above
that typically encountered to the degree that a person described as
prominent or well-known in the arts is described.
Note that this category is not simply limited to performers but also to
individuals who are active behind the scenes. These may include lighting
designers, choreographers, conductors, costume designers, animal trainers,
and fight masters.
For those in the motion picture or TV industry,, the standard to be
met is more rigorous. The alien has to show that s/he has a "very
high level of accomplishment in the motion picture or TV industry
evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition significantly above that
ordinarily encountered to the extend that the person is recognized as
outstanding, notable, or leading in the motion picture or TV field."
The effect of this standard is that someone who is only well-known
may not necessarily qualify as an extraordinary alien. Nonetheless, this
standard does not require that the alien be in the top 1% of his or
To prove eligibility for either of these two categories, the applicant can
produce any of the following:
Proof that the alien has been nominated or has
received significant national or international awards like an academy
At least three of the following forms of documentation
that the alien will perform a lead role in
distinguished productions or events;
For her achievements, the alien has received national
or international acclaim;
That the alien has performed a lead role for an
organization with a distinguished reputation
The alien has a record of success (either commercially
or with critical acclaim).
The alien has been significantly recognized by
organizations or experts in the field in which the A is engaged in.
The alien has received high remuneration for her services.