Recommendation Letters

8 CFR 214.2(O)(2)(iii)(B)


Recommendation letters can come from present employers, former employers, or 'experts' in the field. The content of the letter has to include:

1. Statements that the reference believes you to have an extraordinary ability;
2. Statements that the reference believes you to have be a 'recognized' talent in the field;
3. Given specific examples from your work that led them to these conclusions.
4. If writing as an expert, tell a little about their achievements/position in the field;
5. State how the Reference knows about the applicant's achievements;
6. State how the Reference knows/met the applicant;

* If you are in the TV or Movie Industries, the reference must also state that you have extraordinary achievements in your field of work, and give examples.


[8 CFR 214.2] Special requirements for admission, extension, and maintenance of status;
(o) Aliens of extraordinary ability or achievement;
(2) Filing of petitions;
(iii) Form of documentation. The evidence submitted with an O petition shall conform to the following:

Law Text

(B) Affidavits written by present or former employers or recognized experts certifying to the recognition and extraordinary ability, or in the case of a motion picture or television production, the extraordinary achievement of the alien, shall specifically describe the alien's recognition and ability or achievement in factual terms and set forth the expertise of the affiant and the manner in which the affiant acquired such information. 8 CFR 214.2(O)(2)(iii)(B)

Related Caselaw

o-1 visa lawyer    If a Recommendation Letter is being used to support a claim that applicant is or was a lead/critical member of an organization, the letter should address where the applicant falls in the organization's hierarchy, and the applicant's proposed impact on the organization. APR032015_01D8101.