The Law Offices of Eli M. Kantor is located right in the heart of the world famous Golden Triangle in Beverly Hills, right across the street from WME. It has has helped many world-class studios, such as Legendary Pictures, Asylum Entertainment, Starz, Tyler Perry Studios and Film Roman and world class entertainers, including actors, directors, cinematographers, 3D producers, composers, animators, set designers, make-up artists, stuntmen, authors and screen writers resolve all of their immigration matters. Our partial client list includes: Academy Award winning actress, Juliette Binoche (Godzilla), Academy Award Nominated and Golden Globe Winning Actress Sally Hawkins (Godzilla), BAFTA Award nominated actress Noomi Rapace, (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Academy Award Winning Director, Juan Campanella, (El Secreto de Sus Ojos), BAFTA Award Nominated Director, Gareth Edwards,( Godzilla, Monsters), BAFTA Award Winning Director, Duncan Jones (Warcraft), BAFTA Award Nominated Actor Aaron Taylor Johnson (Godzilla),BAFTA Award nominated actor, Tom Hiddleston, (Thor), BAFTA Award nominated actor, Toby Kebbell, (The Fantastic Four), Hollywood Film Award winning actress, Tian Jian, (The Great Wall), AFI Award Winning Production Designer, Owen Paterson (The Matrix), Emmy Award Winning Set Designer, Shirley Injet, (The X-Files), Academy Award Nominated Cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey (Atonement), Assistant Director, Luc Etienne (Godzilla), Emmy Award Nominated Make up Artist Victoria Down (Godzilla), Genie Award Winning Sound Mixer Michael McGee (Godzilla), Genie Award Nominated Boom Operator Charles O'Shea (Godzilla), Gemini Award Nominated Make up Artist Christopher Pinhey (Godzilla), ADG Excellence in Production Design Award Nominated Supervising Art Director Grant Van Der Slagt (Godzilla), Saturn Award Nominated SPFX Coordinator Joel Whist (Godzilla), Satellite Award Nominated Set Decorator Elizabeth Wilcox (Godzilla), Actor, Chacko Vadaketh (2012: Ice Age), Line Producer Erin Smith (Taken), Cinematographer, Javier Aguirre Sarobe (Twilight),Cinematographer, Serge Ladouceur (Supernatural) Cinematographer, Derick Underschultz (In Treatment),AFI Award Winning Visual Effects Supervisor, Christopher Godfrey, (Australia), 3D Producer, Marcus Alexander (Godzilla), Hair and Make-up Artist, Tara Smith (Sex and the City," the film") Writer, Fiona Horne, New York Times Best Selling Author of Journey to Rainbow Island, Christie Hsiao, Literary Editor, Deborah Kaufman, Taurus Award Winning Stuntwoman, Zoe Bell (Kill Bill), Stuntwoman, Samantha Thjia (Suckerpunch, Man of Steel, 300),Academy Award Winning Composer, Alexandre Desplat (Godzilla, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Monuments Men, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo), Score and Music Producer, Dominique LeMonnier (Zero Dark Thirty, Fantastic Mr. Fox),Radio and Television Host, Jay Menon, Animator, Francisco Ruiz (Pacific Rim) Mr. Kantor is known for representing numerous foreign actors, actresses, producers, directors, cinematographers, stuntmen, make-up artists, and other industry professionals, primarily by obtaining O-1 and O-2 visas and EB-1 Green Cards for these individuals.
We have established excellent working relationships with the AMPTP, SAG-AFTRA, DGA, and IATSE so that we can obtain "No Objection" letters promptly. When time is an issue - we can deliver prompt results from Immigration. In emergency situations, we were able to obtain an O-1 visa within a week.
Award Winning Stuntwoman Zoe Bell
Even if you haven't won a major award such as an Oscar or an Emmy, we still may be able to obtain an O-1 Visa or EB-1 Green Card for you. Use the law firm that the stars rely on - Go with the leading authority in the field of O-1 visas - Go with ELI KANTOR.
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Since the Entertainment Industry is Global, We have represented individuals from all over the world including:
* United Kingdom
When Legendary Pictures was filming Godzilla, it started production on Vancouver Island in Canada. When it shifted production to Hawaii, we had to obtain 42 visas for the cast and crew. The union, IATSE, objected that Legendary should hire local American workers in Hawaii for the "below the line employees." However, we were able to overcome their objections by arguing that we needed to ensure "continuity of production" by having the same crew that was familiar with the director's style, and also because we had already obtained security clearances from the Air Force to enter the Air Force base to film. The result - Immigration issued all 42 visas.
A successful actor from Singapore had previously received an O-1 visa, yet when we applied for a Green Card for him as an EB-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability, we received an extensive Request for Evidence "RFE" questioning his abilities. Nevertheless, we were able to overcome the RFE by establishing that an award ceremony in Malaysia where he was a "presenter" was equivalent to the Academy Awards in Malaysia.
When Marcus Alexander, a successful 3-D producer, who had previously obtained an O-1 Visa, wanted to obtain a green card, we filed an EB-1 petition for him, as an alien of extraordinary ability. However, Immigration sent us a lengthy Request For Evidence "RFE". We were able to overcome it, by explaining to Immigration that the field of 3-Dimensional movies was relatively new and, therefore, the Academy Awards did not have a special category for it. We also submitted additional evidence of his writing about 3-D motion pictures, and he received his green card. Now, he is not tied to any one project or studio, and is able to work anywhere.
I am the General Counsel of an entertainment company, who was referred to Eli by one of the outside law firms I retain. The visa was for one of our key overseas employees who we needed to bring to the US. Eli promptly answered all of my questions and diligently followed up with Immigration and the State Department. Eli was able to obtain a work visa for our employee in a very complex case. Eli is a true professional who knows Immigration Law inside and out. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Annie 11/2016
BEST LAWYER IN TOWN
Eli Kantor was by far the best lawyer I know. I am an executive at an entertainment production company. After researching, interviewing and meeting with several lawyers to assist me apply for my Green card, Eli Kantor stood out to me. He's responsible, very detailed and organized, prepared my case with care and recommendations. I got the Green card approved in no time. Thanks to Eli, I highly recommend anyone looking for immigration visa to go to him.
Posted by Christie 11/27/2017
BENEFITS OF AN O-1 VISA
* Unlike the H-1B visa that has an annual quota of 65,000 plus 20,000 visas for masters degree and PhD holders, there is no annual quota.
* They can be issued relatively quickly.
* O-1 visas can be issued for up to 3 years and can be extended indefinitely as long as you have projects.
* O-1 visas allow you to work for more than one employer if your agent obtained it for you.
* You can bring your team/support personnel with you on an O-2 visa.
* You can bring your spouse and children under 21 with you on an O-3 visa.
O-1B VISA: EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY (ARTS, MOTION PICTURE, OR TELEVISION)
The O-1 category also applies to aliens who are coming temporarily and have extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry.
Petition Document Requirements
A U.S. employer should file the I-129 petition with:
- A written advisory opinion, describing the alien’s ability as follows:
- If the petition is based on the alien’s extraordinary ability in the arts, the consultation must be from a peer group (including labor organizations) in the alien’s field of endeavor, or a person or persons designated by the group with expertise in the alien’s area of ability.
- If the petition is based on the alien’s extraordinary achievements in the motion picture or television industry, separate consultations are required from a labor and a management organization with expertise in the alien’s field of endeavor.
- A copy of any written contract between the employer and the alien or a summary of the terms of the oral agreement under which the alien will be employed;
- Evidence the alien has received, or been nominated for, significant national or international awards or prizes in the particular field, such as an Academy Award, Emmy, Grammy or Director’s Guild Award, or evidence of at least three of the following:
- Performed or will perform services as a lead or starring participant in productions or events which have a distinguished reputation as evidenced by critical reviews, advertisements, publicity releases, publications, contracts or endorsements;
- Achieved national or international recognition for achievements, as shown by critical reviews or other published materials by or about the individual in major newspapers, trade journals, magazines, or other publications;
- A record of major commercial or critically acclaimed successes, as shown by such indicators as title, rating or standing in the field, box office receipts, motion picture or television ratings and other occupational achievements reported in trade journals, major newspapers or other publications;
- Received significant recognition for achievements from organizations, critics, government agencies or other recognized experts in the field in which the alien is engaged, with the testimonials clearly indicating the author’s authority, expertise and knowledge of the alien’s achievements;
- A high salary or other substantial remuneration for services in relation to others in the field, as shown by contracts or other reliable evidence; or
Note: If the above standards do not readily apply to the alien’s occupation, the petitioner may submit comparable evidence in order to establish the alien’s eligibility.
O-2 VISA: SUPPORT PERSONNEL
category applies to aliens accompanying an O-1 artist or athlete
to assist in a specific event or performance. This person would be acting as an essential and integral part of the artistic or athletic performance of an O-1 artist or athlete because he or she performs support services
which cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker and which are essential to the successful performance of the O-1.
Petition Document Requirements
The petition must be filed by a U.S. employer in conjunction with the filing of the O-1 alien petition and must be filed with:
- A written advisory opinion.
- If the O-2 petition is for an alien accompanying an O-1 alien of extraordinary ability in the arts, the opinion must be from a labor organization with expertise in the skill area involved.
- If the O-2 petition is for an alien accompanying an O-1 alien of extraordinary achievement in the field of motion picture or television, the opinion must be from a labor organization and a management organization with expertise in the skill area involved.
- The requirements for an advisory opinion letter from the AMPTP may be obtained at
- Evidence of the current essentiality, critical skills, and experience of the O-2 alien with the O-1 alien, and that the alien has substantial experience utilizing the critical skills and essential support services for the O-1. In the case of a specific motion picture or television production, the evidence shall establish that significant production has taken place outside the U.S., and will take place inside the U.S. and that the continuing participation of the alien is essential to the successful completion of the production.
O-3 VISA: DEPENDENTS
Spouses and minor children (dependents) of O-1’s are admitted under O-3 status with the same restrictions as the principal. They may not work in the U.S. under this classification.
P-1B VISA: MEMBER OF AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
For multiple DJ's in a musical group or other bands, rather than utilizing the more difficult O-1 Visa, the P-1B visa may be the ideal alternative.
The P-1B classification applies to you if you are coming to the United States temporarily to perform as a member of an entertainment group that has been recognized internationally as outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time.
- At least 75 percent of the members of your group must have had a substantial and sustained relationship with the group for at least one year.
- Your entertainment group must be internationally recognized, having a high level of achievement in a field evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition substantially above that ordinarily encountered.
- The reputation of the group, not the individual achievements of its members or the acclaim of a particular production, is essential.
Note: Individual entertainers not performing as part of a group are not eligible for this visa classification.
Special Provisions for Certain Entertainment Groups
- Alien circus performers and essential circus personnel are exempt the one year requirement and the internationally recognized requirement. The alien or aliens must be coming to join a nationally recognized circus.
- Certain nationally known entertainment groups may have the internationally recognized requirement waived if they can establish they have been recognized nationally as outstanding in its discipline for a sustained amount of time in consideration of special circumstances.
Your U.S. employer must submit:
- Form I-129, Petition for a Non-Immigrant Worker accompanied by the appropriate fee and supporting documentation. Please note that if you are a petitioner who will be filing as an agent for multiple employers you must establish that you are duly authorized to act as an agent. The required conditions can be found at the link to the right (see the memorandum “Requirements for Agents and Sponsors Filing as Petitioners for the O and P Visa Classifications”.
- A consultation from an appropriate labor organization regarding the nature of the work to be done or a statement proving that the group has been established and performing regularly for a period of at least one year (If no appropriate labor organization exists, this requirement is excused)
Form I-129 must include the following documents:
- Written consultation from an appropriate labor organization
- Itinerary with the dates and locations of the performances
- A copy of the contract between the petitioner and the beneficiary or summary of terms of the oral agreement under which the beneficiary will be employed
- Evidence that your group has been established and performing regularly for at least one year
- Statement from the petitioner listing each member of the group and the exact dates for which each member has been employed on a regular basis by the group
- Evidence that your group is internationally recognized as outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time as demonstrated by evidence of your group's receipt of, or nomination for, significant international awards or prizes for outstanding achievement in the field, or evidence of at least three of the following:
- Your group has performed and will perform as a starring or leading entertainment group in production or events which have a distinguished reputation as evidenced by critical reviews, advertisements, publicity releases, publications, contracts, or endorsements
- Your group has achieved international recognition and acclaim for outstanding achievement in its field as evidenced by reviews in major newspapers, trade journals, magazines or other published material
- Your group has performed and will perform services as a leading or starring group for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation as evidenced by articles in newspapers, trade journals, publications, or testimonials
- Your group has a record of major commercial or critically acclaimed successes, as evidenced by indicators such as ratings, box office receipts, record, cassette or video sales, and other achievements as reported in trade journals, major newspapers or other publications
- Your group has received significant recognition for achievements from critics, organizations, government agencies or other recognized experts in the field
- Your group has commanded and will command a high salary or other substantial remuneration for services comparable to others similarly situated in the field, as evidenced by contracts or other reliable evidence