Success Stories: Internationally Recognized Salsa Dance Competitor and Instructor with Approved EB-1A Is Ready for Immigrant Visa Processing

Client’s Testimonial:

“Oh wow! Thank you so much!! Can hardly believe it…!”

On March 14th, 2017, we received another EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) approval for a Salsa Dance Competitor and Instructor (Approval Notice).

General Field: Salsa Dance

Position at the Time of Case Filing: Competitor and Instructor

Country of Origin: Slovenia

State of Residence at the Time of Filing: Outside the US

Approval Notice Date: March 14th, 2017

Processing Time: 10 months, 1 day

Case Summary:

Exactly 10 months and 1 day after North America Immigration Law Group (NAILG) filed an EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) petition on behalf of a salsa dance competitor and instructor born in Slovenia, the USCIS approved her case. Before we decided to represent our client, we carefully reviewed her professional accomplishments to be sure that we could build and present a strong case for her. After careful consideration, we concluded that our client met at least 3 out of the 10 EB1A criteria set by the USCIS. These were:

  1. Documentation of our client’s receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in the field of endeavor: We determined that our client has been the recipient of various prizes throughout the course of her salsa career both in her home country and abroad.
  2. Evidence of our client’s leading or critical role in distinguished organizations: Our client has played a leading and critical role in an internationally recognized and distinguished dance studio. From designing unique dance curriculums to creating online teaching materials, our client played an important role in the dance studio’s success.
  3. Evidence of published material about our client in professional or major trade publications or other major media relating to her work in the field for which classification is sought: In recognition of her leading role and significant contributions to the field of salsa dancing, there have been a number of articles published in major media publications about our client’s work.

Overall, we were tasked with proving to the USCIS that our client’s efforts as a competitor and instructor address some of the United States’ most pressing issues in improving the health and physical fitness of Americans as well as increasing the nation’s competitive edge through her own abilities in international competition as well as through training a new generation of championship salsa dancers. To further fortify our client’s EB1A case, we incorporated recommendation letters volunteered by other dance professionals, one of whom stated: “[Client] has made a major contribution to the growth and development of Salsa […] and we know that she will make an impact in whatever ventures she chooses to undertake.”

We congratulate our client for securing EB1A petition approval, and we wish her the best as she undertakes the final step of the green card process from outside the US: undergoing immigrant visa processing.

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