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O-Visas: Individuals of Extraordinary Ability

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Produced on February 17, 2015

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Course Information

Time 63 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Within Sports and Entertainment Immigration, there exist a variety of visa classifications that can be utilized. The most exclusive of those classifications is the O, intended for individuals of extraordinary ability. Because of the wide-range of disciplines to which it is applicable, it should exist in the back of the practitioner’s mind as being a possible visa for an international client. However, due to the degree of scrutiny applied to O-visa petitions by USCIS, the practitioner should also be well aware of the hurdles in place to a successful outcome of the petition. 


In this course, Michael Cataliotti, a New York City-based business immigration and entertainment attorney, provides an overview of the O-visa from the parties involved with each petition and the different sub-categories to the necessary elements for a successful adjudication.


Learning Objectives:

I.    Identify the nature of the O-visa and when it may be utilized

II.   Review the parties to every petition and some of the most common potential-client disciplines the practitioner may encounter

III.  Ascertain the fundamental elements of each petition and what makes the average petition stronger 

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit

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Michael Cataliotti

Fisher Cataliotti P.C.

Michael Cataliotti, Esq. is an attorney who has worked with and advised businesses from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, as well as prominent athletes, artists, entertainers, and entrepreneurs, such as international media conglomerates, BMG North America, Music at Work B.V., Lena Erziak, CB Insights, BotFactory Inc., Al Jazeera America, and TextIQ.

A graduate of Hofstra University and St. John’s University School of Law, Michael specializes in advising individuals and entities from such industries as sports, music, fashion, film, television, art, sciences, and technology about how to reach their respective corporate and immigration goals.

Michael is admitted to practice in New York and is a regular contributor to the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal; a faculty member at Lawline CLE; a frequent speaker on the topics of corporate transactions, sports and entertainment immigration, and entrepreneurship; a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) where he is an active participant on several committees; and was most recently recognized as one of Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” in 2018. He is frequently contacted by other attorneys for advice and guidance regarding complex business immigration matters and corporate structuring.


Kristian C.

Michael is your best speaker for immigration

Deirdre M.

Excellent presentation and great delivery!

Cristina Z.

Great presenter.

Anita B.

Really like this guy. Funny and engaging.

Brendan K.

Really excellent teacher and an enjoyable class. Lots of good practical advice, not just theory. I appreciate that.

Katherine F.

Solid information on visas. Will be using this for training.

Sheldon M.

Good course.

Catherine D.

great presentation of an important topic in the law

Amarante C.

The slides were very helpful in understanding this course

Kimberly H.

Excellent, engaging presenter.

Jack S.

The deliverer used humor well in his presentation of a very dry subject.

Judith Marie F.

I really liked Michael's presentation style and the way he wove examples/descriptors into his discussion.

therese h.


David K.

I like this instructor very much!

Michael M.

Clear and just good stuff

Robert R. H.

great stuff here; gracias

Andrew S.

Great presenter.

Caterina C.

very useful and practical

Jessie K.

Great speaker! Clear, easy to understand, entertaining...and good content. Thanks!

Silvia C.

Good speaker


very helpful and educative

Fang-chun L.


Jane K.

Excellent presentation!

John H.

Enjoyed it!

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