On A Mission.
Amanda Gillespie has been hunting wild visas and domesticating them for over ten years now, providing extraordinary individuals with useful and interesting visa pets that behave well in airports.
She went to the University of Iowa and received a BA in English, taking summer courses at the Université Laval in Quebec and at the Université de Lyon in Lyon, France. Then on to graduate school at UC Irvine, University of California, where she received an MFA in Creative Writing. While working on her thesis, a novel, she had approximately 723 part-time jobs, among them teaching creative writing and composition; she also served as a Professor of Legal Writing at Western State University School of Law in Fullerton, California.
She moved to New York in 2001, where she landed a job as an immigration paralegal, preparing extraordinary-ability visa petitions. In 2003, she founded her own immigration consultation company, specializing in the O-1 and EB1-1 categories of US visas and thus ensuring that her days consisted of one long parade of fabulous creatures of all shapes, talents, and accents.
In 2005, she founded Abri, a creative production agency that specialized in loud, sloppy parties with very good DJs and a school bus with a bar inside (we removed the students before installing the bar). Abri featured a variety of creative productions, from magic shows to photo booths to art installations.
Amanda has been featured for her work in immigration in a variety of publications, including Flair (Italy), Maxi (Germany), Foto Magazin (Germany), Irish Independent (Ireland), TNT Magazine (UK), Professional Engineering (UK), Professional Photographer (UK), Northern NW Woman (UK), France-Amerique, The Australian Times, Dancing Times, Time Out London, Director Magazine, Hairdressers Journal, The Sun (UK), Flavour Magazine, New Nation, Musical Stages, and more. She has spoken on immigration at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Urbanomix conference in London, and at the Manhattan Theatre Source in New York. In May 2014, she will give a talk at the Drop Everything Arts Festival in Ireland.
In 2013, Amanda and her terrific O-1 team were very pleased to become part of Samuel Christensen Law PLLC. There, she continues to work with truly extraordinary people, helping them to get to where they want to go, all the better to become who they want to be.