How can I prove that I have achieved national or international recognition for my achievements? Do I qualify for an O-1B visa?

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If you are an artist and you want to apply for an O-1B visa, you will have to demonstrate that:

  • You received a major national or international recognized award such as Emmy or Grammy, or
  • You meet at least 3 of these requirements. One of these requirements is “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 publication.”

What kind of evidence should I submit to prove this criterion?

You should submit published materials about you and your work or publications that were written by you such as:

  • Major newspapers
  • Major trade journals
  • Major magazines
  • Other publications

Additionally, for each published article you should submit circulation figures of the publications. For example, if a printed newspaper such as NY Times published an article about you, you should submit circulation figures of the printed newspaper. If an online magazine published an article about or your work, you should submit circulations figures showing how many readers read the specific article/how many visitors the website gets per week/month.

The articles you submit should be about you and your work in a particular field and should not be simply about your employer or about organizations you are associated with.

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