Goel & Anderson keeps a London DJ's move to New York from spinning out of control

1050dj.jpgWe always go the extra mile to get a successful result for a client, and we’ll strategize across an ocean to solve a problem that stumped another law firm.

That was the situation when a television and radio broadcast giant called us. The largest radio station in its network had just lost a legendary "drive time" DJ to a rival station in the New York market and they planned to keep listeners tuned in by finding a cooler, younger, on-air personality. They discovered their man rocking and rolling in London and announced a start date for their brilliant hire without a clear-cut plan to get him authorized to work in the United States.

There were only a few short weeks to show time by the time we were asked for advice. A well known New York immigration law firm had already advised the network that there were no viable solutions to the problem in the available time frame. The network could do an embarrassing backspin and hire a runner up or postpone the highly promoted on-air debut. Indefinitely.

Goel & Anderson suggested a fresh approach, using the O-1 visa that demands the individual possess "extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics which has been demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim." While the disc jockey was indeed a talented young man with a reputation as an up and coming new radio personality, USCIS needed to be convinced that he was already among the "best in the world" to approve his move to Manhattan.

Goel & Anderson worked closely with the network, the disc jockey, and his agent to document his accomplishments, and supplement the case with expert opinions from radio industry insiders and our own independent research. The presentation of the case to the labor union giving USCIS an advisory opinion was flawless--in fact we were told that it was the best petition of its type that they had ever seen. USCIS apparently agreed, providing us with a fast track approval. The final hurdle was the O-1 visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in London that also proved a smashing success thanks to our careful preparation.

The disc jockey called to let us know that the Consular Officer not only issued the O-1 visa, but turned out to be a big fan. He listened to the New York station regularly and looked forward to hearing the DJ on the air when he came back to the States. Long live rock ‘n’ roll.

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