During our first consultation with Chef Zhemelko, it became apparent that we were dealing with a professional whose talent and track record qualify him as a person of extraordinary ability in the field of culinary arts. However, talent and a successful career alone are not always sufficient to meet the specific evidentiary criteria of immigration regulations for an O-1 visa. Importantly, in order to apply for such a visa, a U.S. sponsoring company interested in services of the beneficiary is required.
In Chef Zhemelko’s case, such an organization was found and, after we prepared a full package of documents, the American Culinary Federation issued an advisory opinion that Taras possessed extraordinary ability in the field of culinary arts and endorsed issuance of an O-1 visa to Chef Zhemelko. The USCIS reviewed the petition on an expedited basis and approved Taras’ O-1 visa classification, which allowed him to live and work in the United States.
One year later we submitted an EB-1 immigrant petition on behalf of Taras, asserting that he was a person of extraordinary ability in culinary arts, and the USCIS approved the petition.