Client story: BAL + biotech company

Exceeding extraordinary expectations for an O-1 visa

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Business runs on people, no matter the industry.

For example: An American biotech company that engineers cellular organisms to enable medical breakthroughs, life-saving vaccines and sustainable food production worldwide. Before any of those innovations come to fruition, they’re an idea inside the mind of one of their people. So, when one of their brightest was facing an expiring work authorization, her future and her future work outcomes were at risk. It took all of BAL’s talent working together across the globe to convince U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that she was a mind worth having.

What is an O-1 visa?

The O-1 visa is a temporary work visa for individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary abilities in the sciences, education, business, arts or athletics. The application requires a preponderance of evidence that demonstrates the individual is one of a small percentage who have achieved national or international acclaim for contributions in their field.

BAL makes all the difference in my work with our foreign national team members, not just by how they think and act from the perspective of their legal expertise, but how they treat others. More than skill and constant communication, they demonstrated compassion.

Manager, People Solutions, BAL client


What really powers BAL, especially in answering the demands of an O-1, is the firm’s oneBAL approach.

Regardless of your program size, whether you are using one of BAL’s solutions or all of them, you get the entirety of BAL’s resources and expertise — across every location, every specialty. It’s not just a client-focused philosophy. It is core to BAL’s internal culture and how every BAL employee is able — and encouraged — to reach across divisions and locations to find the solutions they need to power human achievement.


Exceptional service, without exception

Our approach delivers the best of BAL to clients ranging from multinational Fortune 500 companies moving thousands of employees each year to businesses with a single immigration case.