O-1 Visa Letters Of Recommendation
Whenever an individual applies for an O-1 visa, we ask them to provide 6 to 10 letters of recommendation from individuals whom they have closely worked with over the years, and can speak highly of them, by testifying the creative international has extraordinary ability.
Stern Deeds looks at these letters of recommendation like if they are the “Icing on the cake”. Meaning they certainly are not what makes a successful O-1 visa application, however, they play an important role, helping your case tremendously. There is a particular format that our experts here at Stern Deeds recommends:
- Basis of Expertise: First and foremost, the letter must establish the writer’s expertise or authority. The writer must be someone who is an expert in your field or has worked with prominent companies or individuals. If you are a musician, your reference may be a fellow musician, a music critic, a record producer, a band manager, an agent, or someone else who could reasonably be considered an expert on music. In the letter, the author should establish the basis of their expertise. He can do this by describing the extent of his professional experience in the field
- Relationship: The writer should establish how they have come to know you and came to be familiar with your work.
- Talent and Ability: At least one sentence, but preferably a paragraph or more, should be dedicated to your talent. In this case your exceptional ability. The USCIS officers look for words like “talent”, “ability”, “aptitude”, and “skill”, in combination with adjectives such as “extraordinary”, “superb”, “gifted”, “unique”, or “genius” – basically, all of the things that are extremely flattering. The writer should be specific in regard to what about your work makes you talented. Is it your vocal range? Your charisma? Your ability to evoke the perfect comedic tone from a script?
- Recognition and Accomplishments: The USCIS officers are interested in what you have done with your professional career that sets you apart from others in the industry. It could be that you were in a show that was extremely popular and successful, or that you had a lead role and helped make an otherwise small production into something special. Either way, the writer should specify these accomplishments and any recognition you received.
- Miscellaneous: Any other relevant information that the writer might think would sway the examiners’ opinions should be mentioned. This could include awards you’ve won, popular artists/performers with whom you’ve worked, or any other fact that might help to establish the extent to which you have an extraordinary ability in your field.