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Former Artist and Artist Visa Lawyer Elektra Yao Can Help
Artists, Creatives, Entertainers Get Visas

Our immigration team has a long successful association with visa applicants from the world of arts and the creative industries from as far afield as Asia, the Middle East, the Europe Union, and Africa. We represent both individual and corporate clients.

Our expertise in working with people of extraordinary ability from around the world means that we can strategize and determine the right course of action to take with even the most unusual and challenging visa applications. And then, once you are here, we can help you monetize your artistry by identifying and capturing business opportunities and maintaining compliance with all local, state, and federal laws.

Call us today to talk about your visa application, and we will go from there! 

Artist Visa Lawyer Elektra Yao has worked with all different types of artistic and creative professionals!

  • Performance Artists
  • Dancers
  • Comedians
  • Singers
  • Musicians
  • Cabaret performers
  • Models
  • Composers
  • Tattoo artists
  • Painters
  • Sculptors
  • Visual artists
  • Graphic designers
  • Installation artists
  • Photographers
  • Art restorers
  • Fashion designers
  • Jewelry designers
  • Violin restorers
  • Instrument makers
  • Chefs
  • IT Specialists
  • UX designers
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Actors
  • Voice-over artists
  • TV hosts
  • Screenplay writers
  • Choreographers
  • Set Designers
  • Directors
  • Cinematographers
  • Producers
  • Sound designers and sound engineers
  • Lighting designers
  • Stylists
  • Animators
  • Branding specialists
  • Art appraisers
  • Record Labels
  • Entertainment law firms
  • Agents
  • Talent management
  • Modeling agencies
  • Curators
  • Museums
  • Art Galleries
  • Poets
  • Novelists
  • Screenwriters
  • Copywriters
  • Songwriters

Meet Elektra Yao, The Prominent Artist Visa Lawyer!

Elektra B. Yao, Esq. is the principal attorney dedicated to international and domestic artists. As a multicultural attorney with immigrant parents from Italy and Cote D’Ivoire, Elektra is fully fluent in French, Italian, and Spanish. She has lived, studied, and worked in the U.S. as well as internationally in the European Union and Africa.

Elektra is an artist herself, having written, directed, and produced two documentaries (N*gga What? and The Choking Game) which were screened in Texas and New York City. While in college, she worked for MTV, the Style Network, and other distinguished production companies in the film and television industry.

Not only does Elektra understand the language artists speak, she understands the cultural and artistic landscape of where they come from. Take advantage of her global experience and small-firm level of personal attention to obtain your visa.

Hear from Our Clients

Shibaji D.
Shibaji D.
The first law firm that gave me no-nonsense, practical, and valuable legal advice regarding my immigration questions. Elektra is so knowledgeable and so reasonable at the same time. Can't appreciate enough! Now you got a client who'll spread the positive words for you!
Shuyan Y.
Shuyan Y.
Very responsible!! My first O1 application was rejected but so glad that I find them! Now my O1 just approved! Thank you!
Pan J.
Pan J.
My absolute best experience so far prepping for O-1! Electra and Stephania are very detail-orientated and responsive, I got my approval within a month without premium processing.
Nat T.
Nat T.
I had several bad experiences with my O1 in the past with other lawyers. But Elektra and her team Stephania and Maria are different. They are organized and patient even though I was in the very stressful situation. All the evidence were detailed and her strategy really works!! I recommend for O1 visa application!! Thank you so much for the amazing work
Alfred A.
Alfred A.
Yao Law Group helped me successfully get my Artist/O-1 Visa without an RFE!! With Elektra's firm, I was approved in 10 days! I'm so happy. Throughout the whole process, Elektra and her team guided me by answering all of my questions, meeting with me multiple times, and sending me weekly updates on my case. We had portfolio reviews, she explained the forms, and organized my case. Elektra was patient with me and gave me the best legal strategy to win my case.  Elektra knows so much about the Artist Visa and I'm so happy I chose her to be my lawyer. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking an immigration lawyer.
K P.
K P.
When you start looking into the O1 visa and everything required for a strong case, it can be a little overwhelming. The one thing you can do is ensure you choose the best lawyer you possibly can, and I wholeheartedly believe Elektra Yao was the best I could have chosen. From the very beginning during our consultation, I was impressed by Elektra's thorough, direct and knowledgable approach. It was immediately clear that she had an edge on other lawyers, having worked in the creative field she, therefore, had a strong understanding of creative industries and workflows, which is imperative in constructing cases. After the consultation, I read some reviews online and was utterly convinced that Elektra was the lawyer for me. And there is nothing in the months working and building the case together that has changed my initial opinion. From the moment you choose to work with Yao Law Group, you are given clear guidelines, instructions and folders to begin gathering all the documents you need. What's more, Elektra and her colleagues are incredibly responsive to any contact, whatever the time of day. It's a daunting process, but it was made less so by Elektra and her team's diligent and optimistic approach. It was so wonderful to feel like you have a team of people who truly care about your case, and who are willing to go that extra mile to ensure it's the best it can possibly be. I want to also give a special shout out to Stephania who was exceptional in terms of communication and organisation throughout the course of my work with the firm. When it came to filing, Elektra and her team pulled out all the stops to ensure they hit my deadline. And while I only filed for standard processing, amazingly my case was approved in 8 days. This is undoubtedly a testament to the standard of case Elektra and her team put together. I've worked with other lawyers in the past who do not show such diligence or personalisation in their approach, but it is precisely this approach which has earned Elektra a 99.9% approval rate. I've sent many of my friends to Elektra after working with her, and would wholeheartedly recommend her in a second to anyone looking to file an O1 visa.
Usumurasaki A.
Usumurasaki A.
I applied O1 Visa with Elektra, I could get O1 Visa! She was always very nice and quick response that thing was very helpful! This is my first apply, I haven't known how to. So, I asked many question to her, her answer is always clear and accurate. This is reason why I choosed her. And I like her positive energy! I could get O1 Visa because of Yao law group. Thank you so so much!
Mj K.
Mj K.
I highly recommend Yao Law Group to anyone who needs any help for O-1 visa. Elektra Yao was recommended by one of my friend. She has been very helpful in every step of the way to get my O-1 visa. She was always available to patiently answer all my questions from the first initial consultation to the conclusion of my case. She always gave me clear answers with in-depth knowledge of the law and legal trends whenever I have questions regarding O-1 visa process. Her response is very quick, direct and so helpful. She is the best lawyer. I am most appreciative of her awesome works! I will definitely use the service Yao Group service for the next time. Thanks again, Elektra and all staffs of Yao Law Group!
Viveca C.
Viveca C.
Before I start, my verdict is simply: I guarantee you will not find a better lawyer than Elektra Yao. You need a team who will take you seriously. So I hope to give you some insight on my BEYOND positive experience with Yao Law Group. I've been through hell and back with trying to stay in this country and work as an actress. I've done "impressive" things by immigration standard. I've worked at the top of my field. My first petition got denied, & it didn't seem to be enough when I filed my second petition & had a strong case. There were doubts from immigration all over with an RFE issued. I was losing faith in everything, stressed & anxious out of my mind... and then my friend told me about Elektra. I consulted with Elektra about my recent case, & decided it was best to re-file & go through the process again. From the moment I met Elektra, she came off extremely nice, but I immediately knew she was a no BS type of person. The lawyer I've been longing to find, & every other lawyer should strive to be (seriously). Finding a good lawyer is not enough. You need to find an outstanding one like Elektra. Every lawyer knows the basic laws & how to put a petition together. But you need a lawyer who goes above & beyond for you. Who nitpicks at every little detail for you. Who pushes you to do your work & get the evidence you need to make yourself stand out from the crowd. & Elektra is all these things. I'm a very type A person. I care too much about everything. I'm organised, 99% always on top of my case. But Elektra managed to intimidate me with how fast she works & the way she works. This is FANTASTIC though, because you need a lawyer who pushes you as much as you push them. With my previous experiences, I was always the person who was pro-active about my case i.e. asking if a piece of evidence would be useful to include, personally seeking out answers, & had to wait days for a reply (if I even got any). ....which leads me to talk about Elektra's response time with emails. She replies almost IMMEDIATELY every time. She even replies her emails during the weekends sometimes. I cannot stress how important communication is throughout any visa process. You need someone who's going to put your anxiety at ease when you have an urgent question or when you run into any complications. When I ask other people about their experiences with their lawyers in terms of communication, they usually say "oh... they're okay. They respond but they're busy with other clients so it's not as fast as I would like. But that's with every lawyer." I thought the same too, until Elektra changed my entire perspective on this. I realised that as an actor & person, if I cared about something that came through an email, I always respond immediately. The ones I don't care enough about I put off until later. It's just fact & priority. It doesn't matter how busy I am. So, what I'm trying to say is that, Elektra is a lawyer who CARES and will PRIORITISE you & your needs. You NEED this quality in your lawyer. & what makes Elektra so special is that she makes you feel like a person & artist deserving to stay in this country. She's so supportive & you'll be able to tell when you go through your evidence together. She doesn't treat you like another number or just "another client." She tries to get to know every last detail about the work you've done so she can include it in the cover letter written in the finest detail. She will tailor the petition so that immigration will see the best version of you & why you're amazing at what you do. She makes the petition individualised & not generic, which believe it or not, is a huge problem with a lot of lawyers you'll run into. Elektra is your gal. She cares about what she does & she cares about her clients. Sure, there were road bumps and anxiety since this is a fragile process, but Elektra has been nothing but positive & she helped me navigate through some strange problems no one has ever encountered before.  She's productive, patient & respectful. I seriously could write more but I'm going to stop here & hope you schedule your consultation so you can see for yourself what I'm talking about : ) And now I have an APPROVED visa! & I know I've been talking about Elektra this whole time, but please know that I include her entire team who is just as hardworking, meticulous and diligent as she is: Stephania, Adriana, Bernardita & Maria. Thank you guys.
Mj P.
Mj P.
I highly recommend Elektra Yao and her firm. They are very professional. I have very long history for my first O1 visa. Having worked with 3 immigration law firms to receive my first O1 visa made me to know who is a great lawyer. At my second time, I googled almost every O1 visa in NYC and met them over 15 lawyers. However, Elektra was the only one lawyer who is willing to answer any questions even very small one. After deciding working with her, she proved that I was not wrong. She always answered my email promptly (even on Sunday) and explained well even if that is a stupid question. Also, most important thing as an immigrant lawyer, she knows what she is doing. I received my approval notice in FOUR calendar days!!!! Really. Trust me. I hired 4 immigrant lawyers for O-1 visa throughout over 5 years. You will be notified every single step of your processes. She is the best lawyer and I truly believe nobody can be better than Yao law group.
Sihan Cui
Sihan Cui
Elektra is amazing. She's a professional, patient, and definitely one of the best O1 lawyers in the city. When I first came to her, I was not very confident about my case, but she's quite positive and shows me why my case can be approved. I felt better after the consultation and decided to work with her. I'm so glad I made a good choice. Elektra is very experienced. She knows very well about the standard for an O1 visa and the best timeline to apply. She guided me to go through the whole process step by step. We've been working for four months, she has always been responsive, which is very important during the process cause one might get anxious while waiting for the lawyer to respond. Elektra always responds in a short period with detailed information. And the most important of all, Elektra gives constructive portfolio advice. I followed what she suggested to my portfolio and got my case approved within a week. I would definitely work with Elektra again in the future.
Auguy Mangone
Auguy Mangone
Elektra and her team are wonderful. They understand the importance of deadlines and results. She is always there to offer me advise and strategies for winning my O visas. It’s great to have such a talented attorney by your side. I appreciate her help and friendship
Louisa Orajiaka
Louisa Orajiaka
I have worked with Elektra and I know that's she's an exceptionally brilliant attorney that advocates for her client. Her expertise on immigration, particularly on O visas is unparalleled. Her firm's focused on delivering great service to clients and attaining excellent results for them. I highly recommend Elektra and her team.
Cloe Luu
Cloe Luu
First time working with Yao Law group, and as a first time applying for O1 visa, Elektra and her team went through all details and made sure everything meets the requirements. 3+ months of hard work and I received my approval without RFE. Thank you Yao Law Group!
Cheyenne Griggs
Cheyenne Griggs
Elektra was very helpful with all the questions I needed answers to. She had such a positive and warm energy about her and I loved how hopeful she was for my case.
Lindi Cecile
Lindi Cecile
Thanks to Elektra, Stephania and the rest of the team at Yao Law Group, I got my O1 Artist Visa approved within 12 days from filing with premium processing and no RFE. I am now able to do what I love and work as a performing artist in the USA! I am in a community of many international artists and have seen numerous friends go through the O1 application process - many of them were met with rejection. I'm so happy that I found Yao Law Group at the time when I was researching immigration lawyers, because selecting them was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Their legal advice helped me to properly understand what USCIS is looking for in a petition, and how to convince them that a candidate is indeed of extraordinary talent, just as the O1 Visa calls for. Where other lawyers were not hopeful about my case (I was only on F1 Status at the time), Elektra found niche areas to highlight in my existing portfolio that I didn't even know might matter to the immigration officer receiving my case. Applying for a visa like this is already a very stressful process. You need someone working on your petition who cares about the outcome of the application as much as you do.
Linnette Clark
Linnette Clark
I highly recommend attorney Elektra Yao and the Yao Law Group. As an attorney I know the importance of seeking representation from someone who is not only an expert in their field but also passionate about the work that they do. Elektra meets both of these standards. She is passionate about the arts and helping creatives obtain their visas to be able to perform in the United States. I would 100%, wtihout a doubt, refer anyone looking for an attorney to file their O visa to Elektra Yao.
Hashi Richards
Hashi Richards
Yao Law Group is a phenomenal law firm. My experience with Elektra was amazing. She is extremely professional, responsive, and shows the utmost care toward her clients. I consulted with Elektra on a EB2 NIW matter and she offered me such precise guidance that I was able to accurately navigate this case She has a 100% success rate with these type of cases, so I was confident in her advice and input. I highly recommend Elektra and her firm for your immigration matters.

With our specialized knowledge of the different artistic fields, we are able to represent clients from around the world and across creative industries. If you’re looking for a personalized relationship with a passionate and dedicated artist visa lawyer in NYC, let’s talk.

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    Yao Law Group represents international and national artists and creative professionals to provide customized legal services. Whether you are looking for an o1 visa lawyer in NYC to help you obtain the visa you need for your craft or to provide you legal assistance with the business side of your art, we can help. Our law firm is here to help you handle the legal side of your art so you can focus on attaining your creative and artistic goals.

    We help with the typical legal needs of artists, including artist visas, artist green cards, contract & deal making in the arts and entertainment industries, and trademark & brand protection. Our knowledge ranges across multiple industries, cultures and legal traditions, allowing us to help artists from an array of disciplines.

    If you’re looking for an o1 visa lawyer in NYC that is invested in your success, look no further.

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