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Work Visas & Green Cards for Persons with Extraordinary Abilities

Extraordinary Ability Visas Lawyers

Dallas, Texas — Fort Worth, Texas

Nonimmigrants with extraordinary abilities are often eligible for an O-1 visa which allows them to enter and remain in the U.S. Often referred to as “specialized skill visas” and “extraordinary ability visas,” O-1 visas are most often granted to:

  • Artists
  • Athletes
  • Performers, musicians, actors and actresses
  • Scientists
  • Educators, scholars and researchers
  • Some criteria for the granting of specialized skill visas include: Superior knowledge, ability, expertise and accomplishments
  • A corroborated opinion regarding the applicant’s abilities from a source in the applicant’s field
  • The applicant must be coming to the U.S. to work in his or her field of ability

Spouses and unmarried minor children of individuals who have been granted an O-1 visa are also often granted visas. If you have questions regarding how to obtain an extraordinary ability visa, the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, visa and immigration law firm of Chavez & Valko can help.

Experienced O-1 Visa Attorneys With Firsthand Experience

At Chavez & Valko, our attorney team has firsthand experience in pursuing extraordinary ability visas. Our lawyers represented and consulted with:

  • Professional hockey players (NHL)
  • LPGA players
  • Professional tennis players (ATP and WTA)
  • International drag racers
  • World and European Swimming Champion, 5-time Olympian and 2-time Olympic Silver medalist;
  • World’s Top 5 Track and Field Hammer Thrower and 3-time Olympian;
  • Professional photographer employed by a major US trading card manufacturer
  • International solo and group artists (singers and rock bands)
  • Grammy-nominated classical pianist

In addition to helping individuals, we help businesses, nonprofit organizations and colleges and universities obtain O-1, EB-1, EB-2, O-2 and O-3 visas.

“We are infinitely thankful as a family to immigration attorney Mr. Martin Valko and his immigration team at Chavez & Valko LLP for their professionalism, knowledge, hard work and dedication in obtaining an 0-1/0-3 Visa for our family. Before hiring Mr Valko, we hired another local law firm which cost us unnecessary time, money, suffering, and overall a lack of faith in the Immigration legal system. After one meeting with Mr. Valko – our faith, hope and confidence was completely renewed. He is the ultimate professional and a true diamond/expert in his field. As well has having a very robust process in place to guide us through our application, Mr Valko kept the communication lines open through the entire process, managing our expectations, updating us on his progress and reassuring us along the way. This was tempered with quick responses to our emails/calls and lots of care and compassion from both him and his team – on many occasions he took calls after hours and weekends, proving to us that it is not all about the money with this firm – he has a genuine interest in his clients and will work relentlessly to achieve a positive result for them. Our own case provided quite a steep challenge for Mr. Valko, based on the Visa category that we were applying for – Mr Valko worked tirelessly and innovatively on our case and what could have taken up to 15 days to approve – came through in 3 days! Mr Valko called us personally after hours to give us the news!! If you have an Immigration requirement – this is the firm you need to contact – we don’t where you will find a customer experience on the same level that Mr. Valko provides. It has been an incredible journey and a truly life changing experience for our family.
Thank you Mr.Valko for saving our family, may God richly bless you.”
– Paul M. and family, O-1/O-3, Alien of Extraordinary Ability in Athletics – Cricket Coach/Manager, Dallas, TX

To learn more from satisfied clients of our firm, please visit our testimonials page.

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“Mr. Chavez I cannot THANK YOU enough for helping us in reuniting our family. The WAIVER you completed for my husband was EXCELLENT. We will forever be grateful to you and your professional staff. I knew from my first consultation that you were sincere about helping your clients. You are an example of what a great attorney is. I HIGHLY recommend your law firm to everyone.“

– Elizabeth C., Crowley, TX (I-601 Waiver of inadmissibility in Cd. Juarez, Mexico)

“I am the General Counsel for a global internet security company. I have been working with Martin and his team for over three years on immigration matters including permanent residence, intracompany-transferee, investor’s, and H-1B matters. My experience has been outstanding. Martin or anyone in the firm always respond promptly and professionally. I usually work on very tight deadline and Martin and his team have always helped us achieve our goals. In my experience in comparison to working with other immigration lawyers, Chavez & Valko makes the complicated and burdensome process feel like a breeze. I would recommend Chavez & Valko to anyone who wants precision, promptness and professionalism.”

– Alexandra Albro, General Counsel, ESET ESET

“My husband WAS detained in a detention center, facing the possibility of deportation. As of today, my husband is home . . with the judge granting his cancellation of removal, and he was able to keep his permanent resident status here in the United States. . . The law firm of Chavez & Valko was wonderful to work with, guiding us through this long and difficult process with such conviction and compassion, that they gave my family and I that peace of mind of hope and encouragement that everything will be fine. . . I highly recommend the law firm of Chavez & Valko to anyone with immigration matter(s). . . Please continue doing what you do because you guys really do change lives. ”

– Removal client, Dallas, TX (Cancellation of Removal of Lawful Permanent Resident)

“My family and I would like to thank the attorneys from the immigration law firm of Chavez & Valko LLP for the great work fulfilled in my immigration case which had a happy ending. . . the immigration law argued that a criminal case like the one I had was eligible for deportation and my options were minimal. . . With their experience and great knowledge in immigration law, their perseverance and professionalism, they were able to win my case in my favor in Dallas immigration court (EOIR). I would like to give special thanks to the law firm of Chavez & Valko, who was with us at all times giving us support, security and great optimism.”

– Cecilio & Family, Dallas, TX (Defense against deportation in immigration court with 212(h) Waiver and Cuban Adjustment)

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