o-1 approval secured for harry hurst, product development expert

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to annonunce that Wildes & Weinberg has secured an O-1 approval on behalf of Mr. Harry Hurst, a renown a product development expert.

Mr. Hurst launched his first venture in 2008.  The entity, HIP Search and Advisory, was a London-based headhunting service that grew rapidly under Mr. Hurst’s leadership and established itself as an expert resource for companies searching for the best talent in the business. In 2014, Mr. Hurst left HIP Search and Advisory to launch Skurt, a fleet management platform and mobile application transforming the mobility and transportation industries with the fastest, most convenient way to book a vehicle and also have it delivered to the customer’s door.  The concept for Skurt was designed and co-founded by Mr. Hurst in 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Since founding the company, Mr. Hurst has expanded Skurt’s reach to three major U.S. cities, and has rapidly grown the team to 34 full-time employees, 29 part-time employees, and over 1000 independent contractors who Skurt has matched up with jobs delivering cars.  Mr. Hurst’s accomplishments have been cited in numerous major mass media reports, including the New York Times, Forbes, and Tech Crunch. Furthermore, he has received industry awards (in the form of venture capital investment) for his work.

In order to qualify for an O-1 visa, which allows individuals of extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, athletics, education or business to live and work in the United States, a foreign national must provide adequate documentation to demonstrate that he/she has sustained national or international acclaim in their field.

In addition, the individual must provide substantial evidence to prove that he/she meets three of the evidence categories defined by statute, as well as a written advisory opinion from a labor union or relevant peer group. The O-1 visa applicant must also show that he/she has an offer of employment in the United States to work in his/her field of expertise (or several offers of employment from multiple sources, along with a third-party Agent to petition on the individual’s behalf and connect him/her to the multiple employers).

For more than fifty six years, the firm of Wildes & Weinberg has concentrated its practice in all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law, servicing the immigration requirements of prominent American and International individuals and corporations, banks, industrial, financial and manufacturing concerns, and law firms in connection with the personnel needs of their foreign national employees.  In addition, the firm has a distinguished clientele and has done substantial immigration work for investors, scientists, physicians, bankers, performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors, athletes, fine artists, art dealers, curators, musicians, and literary agents.

For more information on the O-1 visa category, please visit our Immigration 101 page or contact Michael Wildes at michael@wildeslaw.com

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