O1 VISA FOR ARTISTS AND CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS WORKSHOP
This two-part workshop is intended for international art students, recent graduates, and professional artists interested in applying for a working visa in the United States. We will discuss the nature of the O1 visa as well as the requirements and different ways to obtain and collect all the documents needed for the application. Artists will learn the specific criteria used by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to evaluate candidates and how to plan their time, finances, and resources to complete a successful application.
The workshop will be divided into two parts:
Introduction (1 hour) FREE
Benefits of the O1 visa
USCIS’s requirements to apply
Types of sponsor/petitioner
Itinerary and deal memos
Evidence of your work based on your field
Consultation letter form unions
Processing times, costs, and other process-related recommendations
Attorney's list of questions before you start the process
In-depth workshop (1 hour) PAID
How to get a sponsor. Documents needed.
How to organize and build the itinerary with multiple employers: strategies
How to collect the evidence and make a plan to obtain additional documentation
How to draft the letters of recommendation: structure and vocabulary
How to determine your field's union to obtain a consultation letter
Planning and template tools
Artists should register using the links provided below in order to attend. We recommend those artists interested in attending the In-Depth Workshop to sign for the free Introduction too. For those artists who did not sign for the In-Depth Workshop in advance who wish to stay after the free Introduction, they will be able to pay on-site as long as there are spots available.
Saturday, March 14th at 12.00 pm
Cargo Project Gallery
Rockwall Studios. Studio A33
1080 Wyckoff Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385
Free introduction. Workshop $100
Kika Espejo is a visual artist and arts manager director of EOarts. She has worked with O1 visa applicants since 2013, and she is an O1 visa holder herself. Having prepared and assisted hundreds of artists and creatives in building strong cases for their applications, Espejo shares professional and personal stories to help applicants understand the process and be more successful in the collection of the documents needed for the petition.