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Artists & Entrepreneurs serves as a visa sponsor for those who need an agent-petitioner in the United States for O or P visa purposes. Many O and P visa applicants are self-employed and work as independent contractors. Hence, they do not have full time employers to sponsor them.
Similarly, Artists & Entrepreneurs will advise self-petitioners applying for National Interest Waiver Green Cards in the arts, sciences, business and athletics. For the National Interest Waiver Green Card, no US sponsor or full time employer is necessary.
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Artists & Entrepreneurs has been established to serve as a resource for foreign artists, athletes, entrepreneurs and others who want to live and work in the United States.
Artists & Entrepreneurs was established by veteran New York immigration attorney, Jane Orgel Esq., who has been practicing immigration law for almost 20 years.
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Read about the successes we have had in obtaining Green Cards, O-1 and H-1B visas for artists, designers, textile artists, researchers, scientists, sports & marketing professionals, creative entrepreneurs →
Chef, Julie Myrtille
In March 2020, French pastry chef, Julie Khim Tewes (“Julie Myrtille”) and her sister and manager, Melanie Khim Tewes, received three-year renewals of their O-1 and O-2 visas in just seven days through Artists & Entrepeneurs Inc. Entrepreneurs Julie and Melanie run their own pastry store in Austin, Texas and create a whole line of pastries….
Chinese Interior Designer, Shu Zhao
Shu Zhao has been an interior designer since 2014. She received her MFA from Parsons School of Design in 2013. We filed Ms. Zhao’s first O-1 case on February 14, 2022 and it was approved on March 29, 2022.
Taiwanese VFX Compositer and Matte Painter, Chun Yao Chang
Chun Yao Chang (https://www.cchunyao.com/) is an award-winning VFX Compositor and Matte Painter. He received a BA degree in Visual Design from National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan in 2012 and an MFA degree in Computer Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2019. We submitted his agent-based O-1 on 03/17/2022, and it was approved in less than a month on 04/11/2022 with regular non-expedite processing.
Japanese photographer and videographer, Reiko Yanagi
Reiko Yanagi is a Japanese photographer and videographer. We submitted her 3-year O-1 application in April 2021 and her O-1 was approved six weeks later in May 2021. We used standard processing.
This is the second three-year O-1 visa we have obtained for Reiko and despite complicated fact patterns, both were approved without an RFE.
Fintech Entrepreneur and AI Consultant, Zhuangzhuang (Marshall) Chang
Fintech Entrepreneur and AI (Artificial Intelligence) Consultant, Zhuangzhuang (Marshall) Chang, received his 3-year O-1A visa in February 2021 without a Request for Evidence. This case was sponsored by an agent since Mr. Chang is essentially self-employed through his own companies.
Dancer and yoga instructor, Aya Jane Saotome
Aya Jane Saotome, a dancer and yoga instructor from UK, was approved her 3 year O-1 visa in July 2020. Aya’s case was filed on June 5, 2020 and approved on July 6, 2020 through regular processing.
Cinematographer, TinNgai Chan
TinNgai (“Tin”) Chan is a L.A.-based Cinematographer from China. We submitted his 3-year agent-based O-1 application on March 31, 2021 and his case was approved on May 12, 2021 with standard processing.
Tin’s background in engineering has sharpened his skills as a solution-oriented and communicative filmmaker. Coupling his engineering skills with an obsessive interest in image and sound, Tin earned his MFA in Film Production in 2019 at Loyola Marymount University, where he directed and photographed “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary,” a short film currently circulating among festivals.
Dancer, Amanda Collins
In June 2020, Australian back-up dancer, Amanda Collins, received a second three-year O-1 within 4 weeks of filing her case through our office. Despite the fact that Amanda had almost no press, our office, with 20 years of experience, was able to create a solid case for this exemplary dancer.
Chinese PR Consultant/Specialist in Asian Arts & Culture, EE
EE is a Chinese national who received a Master’s Degree in Performing Arts Administration at New York University in 2016. Her O-1 was approved in September 2021.
Japanese Textile Artist, Terumi Saito
Terumi Saito is a Japanese Textile artist. She received an MFA in Textiles from Parsons School of Design in New York in May 2020. Her O-1 was submitted on August 25, 2021 and approved on September 13, 2021.
The chart below shows some of our Artist & Entrepreneur O-1 Approvals for 2021 & 2022.
|Country||Profession||Date Filed||Date Case Approved||RFE? *||PP? **|
|Italy||Video Director (O1) & Stylist (O2)||1/3/2022||2/3/2022||No||No|
|Japan||Fashion Creative Consultant||11/12/2022||2/22/2022||No||No|
|Taiwan||VFX Artist/Matte Painter||3/17/2022||4/11/2022||No||No|
|Korea||Motion Graphic Designer||4/21/2022||4/26/2022||No||Yes|
|Australia||Hair and Makeup Artist||5/16/2022||6/6/2022||No||No|
|Italy||Bilingual Music Historian/Guide||4/29/2022||6/3/2022||No||No|
|Italy||Hip hop dancer||10/29/2021||6/23/2022||Yes||No|
|Taiwan||VFX Artist/Matte Painter||9/14/2022||9/22/2022||No||Yes|
Golden Visa Portugal
One of the main advantages of the Golden Visa in Portugal is that the requirements are fairly easy to meet, especially when you consider that you only have to be in the country for an average of 7-14 days per year during a five-year period. After five years with ARI, the program offers a path to a Portuguese passport and citizenship.
The beneficiaries of Golden Visa are entitled to:
- Residence visa waiver for entering Portugal.
- Living and working in Portugal on condition that they stay in Portugal for a period of 7 or more days in the first year, and 14 or more days in the subsequent years.
- Visa exemption for traveling within the Schengen Area.
- Family reunification.
- Applying for permanent residence (pursuant to the Aliens Act – Act number 23/2007 of 4 July with the current wording ).
- Applying for Portuguese citizenship, by naturalization, provided all other requirements set out by the Nationality Act are fulfilled (Act number 37/81 of 3 October, as amended).
Eligibility – Who may apply?
All third country citizens who conduct an investment activity as an inpidual businessperson, through a company set up in Portugal, or in another EU Member State, and who, in addition, are stably settled in Portugal, provided these citizens fulfill the quantitative requirements and the time requirements set out by the relevant legislation, may apply for a Residence Permit for Investment, by one of the following routes:
- Capital transfer with a value equal to or above 1.5 million Euros.
- The creation of at least 10 job positions.
- The purchase of real estate property with a value equal to or above 500,000 Euros.
- The purchase of real estate property with construction dating back more than 30 years or located in urban regeneration areas, for refurbishing, for a total value equal to or above 350,000 Euros.
- Capital transfer in the amount of 500,000 or more Euros for investing in research activities conducted by public or private scientific research institutions involved in the national scientific or technological system.
- Capital transfer in the amount of 250,000 or more Euros for investing in artistic areas including support, preservation, etc.
- Capital transfer in the amount of 500,000 or more Euros for the acquisition of units of investment funds or venture capital funds pursuant to the Portuguese Law.
- Capital transfer in the amount of 500,000 or more Euros to a Portuguese company combined with the creation of 5 permanent working jobs.
- The spouse.
- Minors or incapable children under guardianship of the couple or of one spouse.
- Minors adopted by an unmarried applicant, by a married applicant, or by the spouse following the decision taken by the relevant authority of the country of origin, provided that its legal framework comprises the same rights and duties of natural filiation, and provided that such decision is acknowledged by Portugal.
- Children who are of full age, unmarried and dependent of the couple or of one of the spouses, and study in an education establishment, regardless of the Country in which that establishment is located;
- First-degree relatives in the direct ascending line of the resident or his/her spouse, provided that they are dependent on them;
- Minor siblings provided they are under the tutelage of the resident, in accordance with a decision made by the relevant authority of the country of origin, and provided that such decision is recognised by Portugal.
What are the benefits?
- Freedom to live in Portugal.
- Free pass to travel through Europe, even with the limitations of the new ETIAS, which comes into force in 2022 (from then on, people who want to travel through Europe will need a permit).
- After 5 years, the holder of the ARI (Gold Visa) can apply for Portuguese citizenship.
- Dependent children and parents are also eligible for the same benefits.
- Need to spend only 7 days a year in Portugal.
- Tax regime for non-habitual residents of Portugal with tax benefits.
- Variety of investment options for wealth diversification.
- Security of a second home in a safe and stable country.
- Window of opportunity for the applicant and his family.
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• 在葡萄牙生活和工作，但前提是在葡萄牙的第一年必须停留 7 天或以上，随后几年在葡萄牙停留 14 天或以上。
• 申请永久居留权（根据《外国人法》——7 月 4 日第 23/2007 号法，现行措辞）。
• 通过入籍申请葡萄牙公民身份，前提是满足《国籍法》规定的所有其他要求（10 月 3 日第 37/81 号法案，经修订）。
资格 – 谁可以申请？
• 价值等于或高于150 万欧元的资本转移。
• 创造至少10 个工作岗位。
• 购买价值等于或高于500,000 欧元的房地产。
• 购买建造时间超过 30 年或位于城市更新区的房地产进行翻新，总价值等于或超过 350,000 欧元。
• 500,000 欧元或以上的资金转移，用于投资于参与国家科学或技术系统的公共或私营科研机构开展的研究活动。
• 250,000 欧元或以上的资金转移，用于投资艺术领域，包括支持、保存等。
• 500,000 欧元或以上的资本转移，用于根据葡萄牙法律收购投资基金或风险投资基金单位。
• 向一家葡萄牙公司转移 500,000 欧元或更多欧元的资金，并创造 5 个长期工作岗位。
- 穿越欧洲的免费通行证，即使受到2022 年生效的新ETIAS 的限制（从那时起，想要穿越欧洲的人需要获得许可证）。
- 一年只需在葡萄牙逗留7 天。