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Friday, November 6, 2009

You're ExtraOrdinary, MarvelOus

     Not as infrequently as you might think, a foreigner will come to my office asking -- directly -- for an O visa.  With a side of employment authorization, please.  The thing is that O visas are reserved for persons with EXTRAORDINARY ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics.  Did you see the word EXTRAORDINARY?  Persons with a history of EXTRAORDINARY achievement in motion pictures or television can also obtain O visas to work in the U.S. in their area of expertise.
     Nevertheless, when a foreigner insists, absolutely gets down on the floor and throws a temper tantrum, about how they know they qualify as EXTRAORDINARY ability aliens, I pose a simple question:  can you get an advisory opinion from an association of your peers that says so?  In other words, I ask (with a sly smile) are your colleagues in the U.S. willing to say you are EXTRAORDINARY?
    Sometimes, the silence is so profound you can almost hear the office mascot -- a stray cat named Lady Liberty -- meowing outside.  If the answer is yes, however, O visa it is.

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