Extraordinary and Outstanding: O-1As and EB-1s for Science and Business

Extraordinary and Outstanding: O-1As and EB-1s for Science and Business

Extraordinary and Outstanding: O-1As and EB-1s for Science and Business (CLE Recording)
Live Event Date: 03/09/2023
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

The panelists for this beginner seminar will examine how to demonstrate extraordinary or outstanding ability for O-1A and EB-1 petitions in the sciences or business. They will discuss the current definition of “extraordinary” and “outstanding,” present ways to document the beneficiary’s abilities, and advise on strategies for presenting this information to USCIS in the most compelling manner.

Featured Topics:

  • How outstanding does a beneficiary need to be? The new standards of outstanding and extraordinary ability, including new STEM guidelines
  • Agent O-1A petitions in the business context
  • Documenting and presenting scientific research and business metrics to USCIS in a compelling way
  • Attorney’s role in the reference letter drafting process
  • Planning ahead: The differences between O-1A and EB-1, and why it matters
  • Strategies to mitigate O-1A and EB-1 RFEs

AILA Membership Benefit – Access to Free Seminar Recordings (CLE Credit Available for $35)
Enjoy access to free seminar recordings (from October 2020–present) as an AILA Member. AILA encourages live attendance for those wishing to ask the speaker questions. CLE credit is included with purchase for live participants.

Recordings will be available approximately two weeks after the live event date. AILA members can access these seminars, with no CLE credit, for free. Recordings are CLE eligible in most jurisdictions and an administration fee is required to obtain CLE credit.

Contact us at cle@aila.org or visit AILA’s Web Seminar Recordings page for more information about receiving CLE credit for a web seminar recording.

Eligible participants can receive up to 1.8 CLE credit hours. AILA will administer CLE credit only to individuals who register and log into the web seminar. AILA cannot verify your attendance and participation in this program unless you register directly for the web seminar and use your name to log in to participate in the program. Therefore, persons who log in or listen in on the web seminar as part of a group will not be able to obtain CLE credit.

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To receive CLE credit for the live event, attorneys must record web seminar attendance and the CLE code provided within one week of the web seminar date via webCLE.

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Ceridwen J. Koski (DL), Denver, CO

Ceridwen J. Koski is a Shareholder with Ogletree Deakins. She has chaired AILA’s Business Immigration Continuing Legal Education committees and contributed to USCIS Service Center Liaison Committees as well as AILA’s H-1B Registration’s Task Force. She is a current member of the Distance Learning Committee. Ms. Koski received her J.D from the University of Arizona College Of Law in 2006.

Rita Sostrin, Woodland Hills, CA

Rita Sostrin is a partner at Sostrin Immigration Lawyers, LLP in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Sostrin focuses her practice on immigration of individuals of extraordinary abilities, including artists, entertainers, academics, and physicians. She is a regular speaker and writer on advanced immigration law topics. Ms. Sostrin has served on numerous AILA national committees, including the USCIS Headquarters Benefits Policy Committee and the California Service Center Liaison Committee, which she chaired for several years. She was selected as “Lawyer of the Year” in Immigration Law in Los Angeles by Best Lawyers of America, included in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers as a “Thought Leader,” listed in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers, and has been honored by AILA’s President’s Commendations for her outstanding contributions.

Andrew H. Smith, Ann Arbor, MI

Andrew H. Smith is an Associate Attorney at ImmiPartner, PC. He is a member of the AILA Michigan Chapter. Mr. Smith received his JD from Boston University School of Law (2013).

Amanda S. Brill, London, UK

Amanda S Brill is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Brill Immigration in London. She has practiced immigration law since 2005, and has extensive experience with a wide range of business-related immigration issues including consular processing. She earned her J.D. from Boston University. Ms. Brill is past Chapter Chair of AILA’s RDC-EMEA Chapter and has served on numerous AILA national committees including Chair of AILA University’s Consular Processing Course and Chair of the inaugural ACES conference in LA.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.