O1 Visa

O1 Visa

O1 Visa For Those With Extraordinary Ability

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The O1 Visa is a non-immigrant visa for individuals with exceptional skill in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who have an established record of great performance in the motion picture or television sector that has been recognised nationally or internationally.

Do I Need an O1 Visa?

Non-U.S. citizens who have a job offer in the United States and can demonstrate extraordinary ability, have produced original scientific or scholarly contributions, or have been awarded major industry prizes or other forms of formal recognition for their outstanding achievements are eligible for an O-1 visa.

For a full list of USA visa types, please see below:

O1 Visa Eligibility

To be eligible for an O-1 visa, you must have extraordinary ability as evidenced by sustained national or international acclaim, or a track record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture and television industries, and you must be coming to the United States temporarily to continue work in the field of extraordinary ability.

In the realms of science, education, business, or athletics, extraordinary ability denotes a level of skill suggesting that you are among the small fraction of people who have risen to the top of their field.

Extraordinary artistic aptitude is a mark of distinction. Distinction in the arts denotes a high level of accomplishment. This is demonstrated by a level of competence and notoriety well beyond the norm, to the point that you are a notable, recognised, leading, or well-known figure in the field of arts.

You must demonstrate outstanding achievement in the motion picture or television industry to be eligible for an O-1 visa. This is demonstrated by a level of competence and recognition well beyond the norm, to the point that you are regarded as remarkable, notable, or leading in the motion picture and/or television industries.

O1 Visa Classifications

The O nonimmigrant classification is often known as:

O-1A: Individuals of remarkable skill in the sciences, education, business, or athletics (excluding the arts, film, and television industries);

O-1B: Individuals with remarkable talent or success in the motion picture or television industries;

O-2: Individuals who will support an O-1 artist or athlete during a particular event or performance; and

O-3: Spouses and children of O-1 and O-2 visa-holders.

O1 and O2 visa holders’ families

If your spouse and children under the age of 21 will accompany you or join you later (known as “following to join”), they may be able to apply for an O-3 non-immigrant visa, which will have the same admission period and restrictions as you. They are not allowed to work in the United States while on an O-3 visa, but they are allowed to study full-time or part-time.

Transportation on the way back

If your employer fires you for reasons other than your voluntary resignation, they must cover the reasonable expense of returning you to your last place of residence before allowing you to enter the US. If the petition was filed on behalf of the employer by an agent, both the agent and the employer are equally accountable for the costs.

O1 Visa Application Process

On your behalf, a U.S. employer, a U.S. agent, or a foreign employer through a U.S. agent should file (see Form I-129, Petition for Non-immigrant Worker) together with the requisite evidence according to the form instructions. Your employer or agent cannot file the petition more than one year before you are needed. Your employer or agent should file your Form I-129 at least 45 days before the start date of employment to avoid delays.

Consultation

A documented advisory opinion from a peer group (including labour groups) or a person with knowledge in the beneficiarys area of ability must be provided by the Petitioner. The consultation must come from an appropriate labour union and a management entity with knowledge in the beneficiarys field of competence if the O-1 petition is for an individual with remarkable success in motion picture or television.

When a consultation includes a watermark or other distinguishing features to verify the documents validity, petitioners should submit the version with the watermark or other distinguishing marks to USCIS. Copies of papers that lack the required watermark or other distinguishing characteristics may raise questions about the documents legitimacy and cause processing delays. The petitioner may be required to present the original version of the document, for example, by USCIS. Petitioners should ensure that they submit the correct version and that any accompanying watermarks or other unique marks are legible to minimise processing delays.

For detailed information on specific parts of the USA visa process, you can refer to the links below to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.

Other O1 Visa Information

Extraordinary artistic aptitude is a mark of distinction. Distinction in the arts denotes a high level of accomplishment. This is demonstrated by a level of competence and notoriety well beyond the norm, to the point that you are a notable, recognised, leading, or well-known figure in the field of arts.

You must demonstrate outstanding achievement in the motion picture or television industry to be eligible for an O-1 visa. This is demonstrated by a level of competence and recognition well beyond the norm, to the point that you are regarded as remarkable, notable, or leading in the motion picture and/or television industries.

Employer Switching

If you are an O-1 nonimmigrant working in the United States, your new employer must file Form I-129 with the USCIS office stated on the form instructions. If your original petition was submitted by an agency, your new employer must file an amended petition with proof that they are your new employer and a request for a stay extension.

People Also Asked...

An O-1 petition can only be filed by an employer. The O-1 classification does not allow for self-petitioning. Self-employment, on the other hand, is an option. Using an agent petitioner or a beneficiary-owned firm as the petitioner allows for self-employment in the O-1 category. Self-petitioning should not be confused with this (which exists in the EB-1A and EB-2 NIW context).

Premium processing is an option for O-1 applications. The O-1 petitions adjudication is sped up with premium processing. Within 15 calendar days of receiving the petition, USCIS must either approve it or issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) notification. Following the submission of an RFE answer, USCIS must make a decision within 15 calendar days. Premium processing requests are subject to a $1440 I-907 filing fee.

USCIS typically takes 4 to 6 months to process the I-129 petition. Premium processing can cut the wait period in half, to as few as 15 days. If you are not in the United States, the consular processing period is unknown.

The O-1 Visa is issued for a three-year initial stay, but it can be extended in one-year increments for the life of the foreign employees employment in the US. Unlike other temporary non-immigrant visas, the O-1 Visa does not have a maximum length of stay in the United States.

Yes. The O-1 visa is a quasi-dual-intent visa that allows you to work toward a Green Card while youre on it. For further information, please see our Business Immigration website.

Yes, you can extend an O-1 for an unlimited number of times in 1-year increments.

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