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“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.”

– Dale Carnegie


To meet the O1A Published Material criteria you will need to have evidence of press that speaks about you and your work. The actual official wording of this category is: “Published Material in professional, or major trade publications or major media about the alien, relating to the alien’s work in the field for which classification is sought, which shall include the title, date, and author of such published material, and any necessary translation.”

O1A visa published material: Applicants can usually satify this criteria if they have been either written about and the writing was published in major trade publicaitons or if the individual has written articles that are printed in an exceedingly prestigious journal.

The explanation is kind of easy – if journalists are writing about you within the press then it should be because they feel what you have to mention, or what you have done is vital enough to put in writing and published. The more prestigious the publication, the bigger your profile becomes. Indeed, individuals hire publicists whose sole job is to make sure that they’re written about in the widespread and trade press. United States Immigration places a great deal of store by the number of press publicity an alien is able to garner.

Many professional who are O-1A candidates don’t have press coverage, therefore often times this may be a really difficult criteria to satisfy. However, even though you don’t satisfy this criteria now,  you can start collecting press coverage about your work in whatever media that most closely fits your field of expertise. Just keep in mind. publications that cannot be considered are publications that only serve a small geographical area, unless we are able to gather a collection of local articles which will occur, e.g., when a band or production is traveling. Within the educational world, researchers and scholars usually get their work printed; however this is often not what we’re considering in this criteria.

What this criteria is all about is, publications about you and your work and what breakthroughs or advances you’ve created. These articles are as much about the individual as they are about the work. The actual fact that such an editorial has been written about the individual is a sign that the he or she is working at a high level in his field.

Print media vs. on-line Media: in this era of ‘New Media’, O-1A visa examiners are having issues with deciding how much credits on-line media should be given. Print media is definitely thought more highly of because of the lengths and important expense the publisher has to go through to provide the magazine or newspaper.

Print media will produce statistical information, like circulation numbers and demographic information that maybe new media cannot. Also, since individuals need to obtain print media, then the implication is that the publication has to be more discerning and discriminatory to confirm that only the best content is written.  Where these publications also have a digital on-line counterpart, then the UCSCIS O-1A visa adjudicators are more than happy to simply accept the web version. In distinction, there are many websites nowadays who are longing for attention. Some websites have very little credibility because they are new, and it is hard to verify the attention a particular web site might have; numerical “hits” are not an indicator of quality as such. Several on-line media sites allow people to transfer their own information and these websites lack any kind of independent analysis to enable an O-1A adjudicator to without prejudice decide the trustworthiness of the article. So, it’s a good idea not talk about how many followers you have on Facebook.

However there  are several online-only publications that have established themselves as well valued sites. If you’ve been published in print or in on-line media, then gather up some examples and allow us to review them. If you have not been published and you’re struggling to find three O-1A criterias that you can satisfy, then start looking into ways in which where you’ll be able to get yourself within the media. Why not sit down with a Publicist? perhaps you’ll be able to have a launch party or something, anything to get some buzz going about what you are doing. getting yourself published in this way isn’t hard to try and do as several publications are craving to have something new, contemporary and exciting to put in writing about.

In the next presentation, we’re going to review the ‘Participation as a judge’ criteria. Once again, we’re so happy that you found us and hope you benefit from all our O1 visa information we have to offer on our website. When you’re ready, please email or call us for a free consultation and we can discuss your case.