Becoming a U.S, citizen isn’t necessarily the hardest thing on Earth, nor is it the easiest. For some time it has been recognized that certain people trying to get into the country are more desirous. For example, if you a an investor, and you are interested in investing money here, you can apply for a fast tracked EB-5 visa to get into the country. Are you a foreigner with special skills that the nation might need? You can apply for the H-1B, which allows you to stay for up to 5 years (very big in high tech and engineering these days).
Then there is the O-1, the so called “genius” visa. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, this visa is reserved for ” individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.” The O-1A is reserved for people that have won awards “like the Nobel Prize”, and the 0-1B is for people who have won “like an Academy Award”. These are examples, not necessarily criteria. But these are the visas that people like Stephen Hawking or Cherlize Theron.
Which is why people are scratching their heads about how Shera Bechard landed one of these.
You are probably now looking through the list of recent Nobel Laureates, Emmy and Oscar winners … not ringing a bell …
You might check under “Miss November” … the apparently major international award that Miss Bechard has won to qualify her to rub shoulders with the creme de la creme.
I guess on the one hand, while simply removing one’s clothing may or may not qualify as an “extraordinary talent” to all, aparently the government of the United States feels that it qualifies.
I mean, at the end of the day, I’d be happier having this woman in the country than James Cameron to film Titanic. One results in creating a work of art that can be beautiful. The other is an overrated film about a spoiled rotton rich girl refusing to let go of her one night stand after being married to the father of her children.
Just read the title of the post.