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O-Visas: Individuals of Extraordinary Ability (Update)

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Produced on September 17, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Immigration

Course Description

In the arena of Sports and Entertainment immigration practice, a variety of visa classifications can be utilized. The most exclusive of those classifications is the O, intended for individuals of extraordinary ability. In this update to his original course, attorney Michael Cataliotti, 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.

While there are a wide-range of disciplines to which the O-visa is applicable, due to the degree of scrutiny applied to O-visa petitions by USCIS, the immigration practitioner should be well aware of the hurdles in place to a successful outcome of the petition.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the nature of the O-visa and when it may be utilized
  2. Break down the parties to every petition
  3. Identify the most common potential-client disciplines the practitioner may encounter
  4. Address the fundamental elements of each petition and what makes the average petition stronger

Credit Information

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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.


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Lauren B.

Great presenter and useful information!

Pamela M.

Great talk

Erin B.

Really cool presenter. Great energy. Great info. Thanks!

Brendan K.

He's fun! He's entertaining! He got a thumbs up from the guys in the booth!

Gregory E. M.

I like his flamboyance! As he says, keeps one awake during not-so-exciting subject matter

Catherine M.

Great CLE with excellent lecturer.

Kristina U.

Presenter was great! He has high energy and made the learning fun.

Emily Z.

Nice to have some verve from the presenter

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