H-1B and O-1 Visa Application Letters for International Designers

In order to qualify to work in the United States, you must obtain a written advisory opinion from an appropriate union or professional association confirming you are an individual of extraordinary ability in the field of Design. Read more to learn how AIGA can help support your next career step.

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Work Visa Requirement for International Designers

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recognizes AIGA as an authority on documenting the qualifications of prospective visa applicants in terms of their communication design credentials, achievement and distinction. As a benefit of membership, AIGA assists in documenting the professional status and requirements of designers in an application for U.S. visas and work papers. These documents are called Consultation Letters, Advisory Opinion Letters, No Objection Letters, or INS Letters.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    According to the USCIS, a consultation letter (also known as an Advisory Opinion Letter, No Objection Letter, or INS Letter) is from a U.S. peer group, labor organization, and/or management organization and is required for certain visa classifications. 

    The purpose of a labor consultation letter is to determine whether artists from other countries, who are applying for a work visa in the United States, have the artistic ability and expertise to qualify for visa eligibility. The absence of the letter could alter an applicant’s case negativity. 

      AIGA offers letters in support of all designers working in communication design, graphic design, design education, research, web design, motion design, and more. In order to obtain a no objection letter for an O-1, O-2 and H-1B petition, the applicant must be a registered member paid in full for the year.

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        In order to obtain a no objection letter for an O-1, O-2 and H-1B petition, the applicant must be a registered member paid in full for the year. The applicant must also submit the attached request form, processing fee, and their resume and portfolio. 

        Materials to submit:

        • Membership payment (via my.aiga.org)
        • Attached request form with payment for processing fee: $250 standard time (5-7 business days), $300 expedited service (1-3 business days)
        • A resume or digital portfolio

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          H-1B Visa

          According to the American Immigration Council, The H-1B is a temporary (nonimmigrant) visa category that allows employers to petition for highly educated foreign professionals to work in “specialty occupations” that require at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. Jobs in fields such as mathematics, engineering, technology, and medical sciences often qualify. Typically, the initial duration of an H-1B visa classification is three years, which may be extended for a maximum of six years.

          O-1 Visa

          According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.

          The O nonimmigrant classification are commonly referred to as:

          • O-1A: Individuals with an extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics (not including the arts, motion pictures or television industry);
          • O-1B: Individuals with an extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in motion picture or television industry;
          • O-2: Individuals who will accompany an O-1 artist or athlete to assist in a specific event or performance; and
          • O-3: Individuals who are the spouse or children of O-1 and O-2 visa holders.

            The cost for a letter is $250 standard time (5-7 business days) and $300 expedited service (1-3 business days). If you need an updated letter within a year of the previous, we can do so for a fee of $50. 

            Please complete the request form, enclose the processing fee, attach design credentials, and return to membership@aiga.org.

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              Yes! Our normal processing time is 5-7 business days. We provide expedited service of 1-3 business days for an additional $50 fee.

              Please complete the request form, enclose the processing fee, attach design credentials, and return to membership@aiga.org.

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