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Immigration Compliance Group approaches each of its practice areas with unparalleled focus, drive and innovation - accompanied by decades of experience and proven success.

Today, Immigration Compliance Group has represented some of the world's most celebrated personalities and brands, including actors, filmmakers, producers, writers, animators, vocalists and musicians, entertainment and advertising executives, film and television production companies, video games industry, athletes, coaches and broadcasters - people and industries of accomplishment and renown.

Our Attorneys and staff understand the unique needs and time lines associated with our artists and entertainment practice. With our staff's years of experience and background inthe field, we have been able to maintain a 100% approvability rate with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Our track record is unmatched, our results are unparalleled and our approach is aimed at building the bridge between our clients' needs and their global entertainment business opportunities.

Our staff works hand in hand with the artist/principal applicant, their representatives and the employer/sponsor to develop and design truly compelling and convincing casework based upon each applicant's extraordinary ability in their field of endeavor.

| Temporary Visa Categories |

There are several categories of temporary, nonimmigrant visas available to those who wish to work in the USA. Those that are most frequently acquired through our office are:

  • O-1 Visas: For persons of extraordinary ability in the arts, education, business, science, athletics or extraordinary achievement in motion pictures and television field.
  • O-2 visas: For persons accompanying an O-1 foreign national to assist them in the artistic or athletic performance for a specific event or performance.
  • O-3 visas: For accompanying spouses and children.
  • P-1, 2, 3 and P-S Visas: P-1: Individual or team athletes or members of an entertainment group which is internationally recognized. P-2: Artists or entertainers who will perform under a reciprocal exchange program. P-3: Artists or entertainers who perform under a program that is culturally unique.
  • P-S: Persons accompanying a P-1 or P-3 performer or athlete to assist in the artistic or athletic performance
  • H-1 B Visas: For professionals in a specialty occupation requiring a bachelor's degree, its foreign educational equivalent, or equivalent in training or experience
  • L-1 Visas: Multi-national corporation executives, managers or specialized knowledge employees
  • E-1 and E-2 Visas: International Traders and Investors pursuant to special treaties
  • TN (NAFTA): For Canadian and Mexican nationals under the North American Free Trade Agreement
  • I Visas: For journalists and information media
  • J and Q Visas: Exchange Visitors. The J Visa is for educational and cultural exchange programs designated by the US Information Agency (USIA). The Q Visa is for international cultural exchange programs designated by the USCIS

| The Process |

In order to obtain these visas, it is necessary that the applicant's employer or agent file a petition with USCIS. This can take a few weeks through expedited handling (Premium Processing) or up to a few months through regular processing. Once approved, the sponsor (agent or employer) is sent an approval notice. If the foreign national is outside the USA, they are then ready to take the approval notice to the US Consulate and present an application for a visa to be placed inside their passport. The Consulate reviews the applicant's visa application and the USCIS petition, and determines the applicant's visa eligibility.

These visas are very well tailored for most of our clients and their families who wish to live and work temporarily in the USA. They enable spouses and minor, unmarried children of the principal visa holder to travel, to attend school but not accept employment during their temporary period of stay in the USA.

Following the granting of temporary status, we additionally work with clients that wish to pursue permanent residency (green-card) status in the USA and offer these services as well.

| Working with Immigration Compliance Group | Contact Us

Our strategic partnering approach with our clients has earned us a reputation that speaks clearly to the necessity in today's global marketplace of delivering sound immigration legal counsel coupled with proactive business insight. This practical, focused approach enables our clients to concentrate on the core competencies of operating their business and produces rewarding and productive win-win results all the way around.

We conveniently represent clients throughout the USA and abroad. You may contact our office to schedule a one-time, risk free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case, at no further obligation. We look forward to designing an immigration program for you that uniquely meets your specific needs and requirements - for you and your clients.

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