Prince Harry's 'extraordinary ability' as royal could help secure priceless US work visa


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As a British citizen, Prince Harry needs a permit to be able to work in the US. And one expert believes the Duke of Sussex could qualify for the O-1 Visa due to his work as a senior royal.

Immigration expert Doug Lightman, of Lightman Law in New York, said: “Harry would have no problem getting the O-1 because he’s a prince.

“He’s travelled all over the world and there is his work with Invictus.”

“It’s going to be enough to qualify him,” he told the Daily Mail.

People applying for this visa must show their unique expertise and talent makes their stay in the US worthwhile for the country.

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Prince Harry has become Chief Impact Officer at BetterUp (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Harry during the Invictus Games in 2018 (Image: GETTY)

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services describes the O-1 non-immigrant Visa as a permit for an “individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics”.

People who have “demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognised nationally or internationally for those achievements” could also qualify.

Canadian singer Justin Bieber and Australian actor Hugh Jackman are believed to have used this permit to reside and work in the US.

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Prince Harry founded Sentebale in 2006 (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry may have also gone down another route to become a resident allowed to work in the US.

As Meghan is a US citizen, he may have applied for a green card, with the Duchess of Sussex sponsoring him.

Similar to O-1 visas, green cards are also issued for immigrant workers.

Moreover, they can be provided for immigrant investors – people who have invested or are actively in the process of investing at least $1 million, or $500,000 in a targeted employment area, in a new commercial enterprise in the US which will create full-time positions for at least 10 qualifying employees.

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Prince Harry could be sponsored by Meghan Markle for a visa (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games (Image: GETTY)

Since arriving in the US, Prince Harry and Meghan launched Archewell, which comprises their two production companies and a non-for-profit foundation.

However, getting a green card, which eventually allows people to live and work permanently in the United States unlike the temporary O-1 visas, can take almost two years.

Holding a green card for three years makes people eligible to apply for US citizenship.

But this may require the Duke of Sussex to renounce his royal titles and take an oath of allegiance to the US.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved to the US in March 2020 (Image: EXPRESS)

Prince Harry is the founder of and supporter of several organisations.

Most notably, he created the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans take part in competitions.

But these Games are more than just a tournament, as they have created a strong community of people supporting one another and showing how the power of sport can support the healing and rehabilitation process.

The Duke of Sussex also launched in 2006, two years after spending a gap year in Lesotho, another internationally-recognised organisation, Sentebale.

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BetterUp’s headquarters in San Francisco (Image: GETTY)

This charity supports the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.

The curiosity surrounding Prince Harry’s visa arose following news he got a paid job at a San Francisco-based mental health and coaching firm, BetterUp.

The Duke was appointed Chief Impact Officer, a role which will see him driving advocacy and awareness among other duties, as stated on the firm’s website.

As a senior royal, the Duke of Sussex led or supported several projects focused on mental health and ending the stigma surrounding it, including Heads Together.



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