O-1 / O-2 Visa Advisory Opinions

The Animation Guild offers Advisory Opinions on O-1 and/or O-2 Immigration Visa applications for artists doing work in job categories we cover under our collective agreements.  If you are an attorney who needs an advisory opinion on an O-1 or O-2 Visa request, please submit the appropriate documents to us at the following address:

VISA ADVISORY OPINION REQUEST
Attn: Jason MacLeod, Business Representative
The Animation Guild
1105 N Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA  91505

Typical advisory opinion requests take five business days to complete, however processing may take longer.  We do not expedite.  Completed requests will be returned via e-mail and U.S. Postal Service to the requesting attorney.  Effective January 1st, 2017, there is a $350 fee payable to The Animation Guild for companies not signed to an Animation Guild or IATSE agreement.

We follow the criteria set forth by USCIS when evaluating evidence. The USCIS website describing O-1 and O-2 visas may be found here:

https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/o-1-visa-individuals-extraordinary-ability-or-achievement

Mandatory Advisory Opinion Documents

It is important that you include the following documents in your submission.  Submissions missing these documents will take longer to process or may be rejected.  O-1 packets should not exceed more than 50 pages total.

  • Previous advisory opinions, if available
  • Signed I-129 Form
  • Signed Petitioner’s Letter to the USCIS on Company Letterhead
  • Signed Deal Memo and/or Contract
  • Background (resume, work experience, credits, awards, etc.)

O-1 packets should not exceed more than 50 pages total.  DO NOT SEND:

  • Contracts or documents for which we are not the appropriate organization – e.g., do not submit contracts or documents for print or runway models, live theater, conventions, radio or anything else that is not for artists doing work in job categories we cover under our collective agreements;
  • Contracts for past work;
  • Passport or visa copies, tax forms, SEC filings, etc.;
  • Illegible documents;
  • IMDBs about productions or other persons. Limit the IMDB to the beneficiary’s personal listing only;
  • Script treatments, press or synopsis of the upcoming production(s);
  • Press about past productions that do not specifically mention the beneficiary and the beneficiary’s skills (more than just a cast listing);
  • Press or bios about the petitioner or third parties such as other cast or crew. Limit press to the beneficiary only;
  • Red carpet photos, location photos, celebrity party photos, photos without an accompanying written article on the same page;
  • Headshots, glamour shots, fashion shots or portfolios;
  • Magazine covers. We want the story, do not include the cover;
  • Wikipedia printouts;
  • Tabloid or “gossip” press, “teen” press, press that does not highlight job skills;
  • Call sheets, pay sheets or cast lists;
  • YouTube, Vimeo or other website video screenshots or printouts;
  • Facebook, Twitter, any other social media;
  • Any “official” websites (beneficiary, petitioner or 3rd party);
  • Memberships, school records or diplomas;

Contact

Please feel free to email Jason MacLeod with any questions or concerns regarding your submission.  You can also reach him at (818) 845-7500 during normal business hours.