Reference letters form a very important part of each O-1 and EB-1 petition. It's imperative that they be drafted thoughtfully and contain the required information. In general, the Applicant wants to provide approx. five reference letters or more.
The letter writer (referee) is required to state how s/he knows the applicant and provide a summary of professional and/or business qualifications/credentials/publications etc. that will clarify why s/he is competent to evaluate the applicant's work and accomplishments.
Summary of the Applicant's accomplishments
In this section of the Reference Letter, the writer can expand on all known accomplishments of the applicant and explain how they make the Applicant "extraordinary", i.e. why the Applicant is considered as one of a small number of experts at the top of the Applicant's field.
Lastly, based on the Applicant's accomplishments to-date, the referee will provide a recommendation that the applicable O-1 or EB-1 visa be granted to the Applicant by the USCIS.
The letter must be signed by the referee (not electronically) and provide the referee's address, email, and tel number. Whenever possible, it is recommended that the letter is on letterhead.
It may be submitted to the USCIS either in original or as a PDF copy.
Each letter must be accompanied by the writer's resume/CV.
We provide written guidance for drafting all reference letters to our clients and review them before they are submitted to USCIS.
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O-1 visa requirements and process are specified by USCIS and described on USCIS web site www.uscis.gov
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