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EB1-1 Extraordinary Ability National Interest Visa awarded to Walter O'Brien

DUBLIN, IRELAND — JUN 19, 2001 — Scorpion Computer Services Founder and CEO, Walter O'Brien was awarded the EB1-1 permanent residency visa status today at the American Embassy in Dublin, Ireland. Walter is well known in Ireland as the child prodigy that started researching Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality in computers from the age of 13 years. Walter founded Scorpion Computer Services in 1988 and supplied Ireland with more Personal Computers than DELL and Gateway together up to 1993. Walter represented Ireland in the 1993 Computing Olympics and achieved the ranking of 6th fastest computer problem solver in the world.

A California based immigration law firm was retained by Scorpion Computer Services, and spent the better part of two years building and proving the EB1-1 case for Walter O'Brien Vs. U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.(INS). The EB1-1 Extraordinary Ability National Interest Visa is a seldom exercised visa classification that recognizes immigrants who have the ability to have a significant positive impact on the U.S. Economy as a whole. According to the INS's own website "Aliens with extraordinary ability are those with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics which has been demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim and whose achievements have been recognized in the field through extensive documentation." You must be one of "that small percentage who have risen to the very top of the field of endeavor," to be granted this classification. For example, if you receive a major internationally recognized award, such as a Nobel Prize, you will qualify for an EB-1 classification.

Walter is now welcomed to the US as an individual whose business and technical skills are of national interest to this country. Walter is in good company this prestigious classification was also awarded to Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein for their contributions.