WRITER/DIRECTOR AND IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY MARCUS YI REPRESENTS ARTISTS WORLDWIDE by Nick Christophers
In recent years many artists abroad have dreamed of making it in America, especially in New York City. Many of these talented individuals need the right credentials and to be eligible for what is called the O-1B Extraordinary AbilityVisa. This is one of the more difficult visas to acquire andone would need to meet three out of seven types of criteria to prove extraordinary ability.
The process usually takes about three months to complete with New York based O-1B visa lawyer Marcus Yi and another one to eight months for processing through immigration. First, the applicant must have someone petition for them, and they would also have to prove that they will be working in their field of choice via contracts and itineraries. Aside from that they would have to show that they are truly extraordinary by meeting 3 out of 7 evidentiary criteria laid out by immigration. (People who are interested in figuring how to apply should check out this guide to applying for the O1 visa.
Marcus Yi Esq. graduated from St John’s University School of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctorate degree in 2011. He started working with several law firms and non-profit organizations, and in 2015 he opened hispractice that specialized in business and family immigration. He chose these two areas since they were more personal to him: Marcus has also personally gone through the immigration system, holding 2 separate H-1B visas and finally applying for the green–card.
Due to his personal experience, he found immigration interesting and wanted to provide excellent individualizedservice that was lacking among most immigration attorneys who did not understand the artistic and creative industries. Yet he does admit that immigration law is always evolving and things do change depending on the administration. Something that might be true today might not be true tomorrow so he is always learning and developing new ways of providing the most up-to-date andefficient service for his clients.
What is the most important part of Marcus’ practice is that he is an artist himself. He is a musical theatre writer and director and has an undergrad degree in musical theater. His work has been presented in Singapore, Atlanta and New York. Marcus is the artistic director of the Living Room Theater and has worked on over a hundred productions. Among the producers of his work are National Asian Artists Project, Yangtze Rep, Asian American Film Lab, The Secret Theatre, New Jersey Playwrights Contest, Ingenue Theater, just to name a few.
He has had the pleasure of his works being seen at such notable venues like Midtown International Theater Festival, Planet Connections Theater Festivity, Fresh Fruit Festival and the Midwinter Madness Theater Festival.Besides these accolades in 2014 he was named Indie Theater Now’s 2014 People of the Year. He is also a member of the 92nd Street Y Musical Theater Development Lab Collective. Marcus manages to do this while juggling his law practice which is impressive. His firm has a 100% approval rating and is very quick to answer questions for potential clients.
So far he has represented a variety of entertainers like actors, singers, dancers, visual artists, multimedia artists, stage managers, set designers, television personalities, art curators, graphic designers, film directors / producers, animation artists among many others.
A majority of his clients are usually in the States completing their studies. Typically, during this time, they usually desire to stay in the States and work here. Some of his clients have never been to America and he never meets them face to face until they are granted a visa. He works with those abroad through email and Dropbox. His firm has helped clients from around the world like Taiwan, China, Singapore, Argentina, Italy, Thailand, Canada, Mexico, the UK, Germany, India, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and many more.
“Many of my clients have been seen on television, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center among others.”
Even if someone does not qualify for the O-1B Extraordinary Ability visa he offers a wide variety of other employment visas such as H-1B, H-1B1, L, P, Q, as well as family based immigration to find the best solution for someone’s immigration needs. The best advice Marcus can offer for someone looking to apply for the O-1B Extraordinary Ability Visa is;
“Build your lead roles. It is really important that you demonstrate that you have performed as a lead artist in productions that are considered distinguished over an extended period of time. This means that you might have to pass up some jobs because they are more ensemble in nature. For example, swing/understudy/ensemble, even though on Broadway. While getting to Broadway is great, such a credit is not that helpful when applying for the visasince its not lead. So build your credits as a lead performer.”