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What you need to know about O visas

On Behalf of | Oct 24, 2023 | Immigration

An O visa is a non-immigrant visa category in the United States that is specifically designed for individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement in certain fields, such as arts, sciences, education, business, or athletics. The O visa category is divided into two main types:

  1. O-1A Visa: This is for individuals with extraordinary ability in the fields of sciences, education, business, or athletics.
  2. O-1B Visa: This is for individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement in the arts, including performers, musicians, actors, and other artists.

To qualify for an O visa, applicants must demonstrate a high level of expertise and recognition in their respective fields. This is typically done by providing evidence of achievements, awards, recognition, and a substantial body of work or contributions. The criteria for obtaining an O visa can vary depending on the specific field, but generally, applicants must provide documentation to prove their extraordinary ability.

O visas are typically granted for a specific period to fulfill a particular engagement, project, or event. The visa can be extended, and there is no set limit on the number of extensions. O-1 visa holders can work only for the specific employer or organization for which the visa was approved.

It’s important to note that O visas are temporary, non-immigrant visas, and individuals who want to live permanently in the United States must explore other immigration options, such as employment-based green cards or family-sponsored immigration. The application process for O visas can be complex, and it’s advisable to consult with an immigration attorney for guidance and assistance in the application process.

If you want more information about O visas, contact the attorneys of Zambrano & Ruiz.

Shirley Zambrano
Founding Partner