The Role of PR in strengthening the O-1 Visa Petition

February 7, 2020 by Prabalta Rijal

When applying for the O-1 Visa it is always advantageous to have published materials, like articles about you in professional or major trade publications, newspapers or other major media. Since this is one of the eight criteria that applicants are expected to meet inorder to qualify for their O-1 Visa.

Understanding the type of articles that qualify for the O-1 Visa criteria

The published articles should be about the client and his or her achievement rather than about the industry. However, since most articles published in the main stream media tend to be industry-based, industry-based articles highlighting the applicant and his/her achievement could work.

Here are three things that the articles should include:

  • Information about the applicant and their achievements.
  • Should include the information that the client is using to argue the case.
  • Should showcase the applicant’s expertise in their line of work.

The Benefits of having PR to support your O-1 Visa case

There are numerous benefits of having articles to support your case. Since these articles can be used not only to fulfill the published material criterion but also could be used to support the other O-1 Visa criteria and as evidence of the applicant’s overall prominence in their field. “For example, if the article discusses the applicant’s role in his company it could actually be used to support the essential capacity criterion,” says Piotr Messerszmidt a Legal consultant at PassRight.

According to him, the published material is always helpful in strengthening the case although it may not be the only reason that an applicant gets the visa. ” Publications are important to meet both the published materials criterion as well as serve as supporting documents to help strengthen the other criteria”.

What Kinds of Publications Qualify for the O-1 Visa?

This here is a tricky question as the USCIS states that–“published material about the alien should be published in professional or major trade publications or other major media, relating to the alien’s work in the field for which classification is sought. Such evidence shall include the title, date, and author of the material, and any necessary translation,” it, however, does not clearly state what actually qualifies as a major trade publication or a major media.” We tend to look at several factors when deciding if the publication where the article was published is a major trade publication or other media, ” said Anna Ptaszynska. According to her, the following things matter:

1. The reputation of the publication:

The publication may be a niche publication, but its reputation is what matters how reputable it is something that the applicant needs to consider, so an article in a blog may not qualify unless it is a reputable one where not just anyone can publish what they like.

” It is usually better not to use blogs at all unless there is some compelling fact that has been published and the blog belongs to a reputable media, which has stringent and tough publishing procedures,” she said.

2. When it comes to web traffic the website/ publication should have over 1Mn unique views per month. For any media to be considered as a major publication it should have substantial traffic on its webpage.

3. Articles published on self-published mediums are not eligible, so an article that was published about you on Medium will not make it. Hence, for a publication to qualify it should be a reputable publication at local, national and international levels and/or it has over 1Mn unique visitors a month.

What kind of articles qualify as evidence of published materials for the O-1 Visa?

When it comes to the kind of information that the articles should provide, the ideal article would be one that is solely centered around the applicant and the applicant’s major achievements in life. However, unless you are someone who has done some extremely extraordinary things in your life, it is next to impossible to have such coverage in the media.

The next best thing is if the article portrays you as an expert in your field, uses your opinions to build the story and quotes you as an expert whilst also revealing your area of expertise, your work, and achievements. However, this too is always difficult to slide by the mainstream media and anything with one or two paragraphs about the expert’s life tends to get deleted.

So the next best thing is an article that quotes you and gives your views along with other experts, while actually also featuring you more and talking about your background and achievements every now and then. Such articles should have about 5 to 6 sentences about the applicant.

Example of a qualifying article for the O-1 Visa vs a non-qualifying article

The article below is a good example of an article that qualifies because it is about the applicant


On the contrary, this article below does not qualify as it does not provide the expert’s details and achievements.

To sum it all up, having published materials is always a plus point when it comes to applying for your O-1 Visa whether you are a tech expert or a founder, these materials will always help in boosting your chances of acceptance in the majority of cases. However, if your case is already weak trying to boost your chances through publications alone may not be the best thing to do.

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