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What should I do to be a beneficiary of an O Visa?

January 14, 2020

Is there a difference between a Green Card and an O Visa? Are there different types of O Visas? How do I apply for an O Visa? All of these questions and more will be answered in this blog. If you have additional questions, we’re experienced immigration lawyers that will be happy to talk to you. What is an O Visa? First, an O Visa is a nonimmigrant visa granted by the USCIS for a person who possesses extraordinary skills in the areas of science, arts, education, business, and sports. That is, they have managed to be recognized in their professions nationally or worldwide for achievements in their fields. This sounds like a broad category for visas, but the beneficiary of the visa, or the person who is hoping to come work in the U.S, must meet at least three of the eight O Visa requirements to be considered. There are three different types of O Visas depending on the field of expertise, work assistance, and family members.  O-1 Visa (a): visa granted to all those people with an extraordinary ability in science, education, business or sports. O-1 Visa (b): visa granted to all those people with an extraordinary ability in the field of the arts, as well as in movies and on television. O-2 Visa: this visa is granted to those people who will accompany the person holding the O-1 Visa. These people are an integral or essential part of the work and must have a high critical capacity and experience to help the worker perform in the United States. O-3 Visa: visa granted to people who are spouses or children of the person who is requesting an O-1 Visa or an O-2 Visa. What is “extraordinary ability”? Success is measured differently all around the world. So what does it mean to have an extraordinary ability that qualifies someone for an O-1 Visa (a or b) instead of a Green Card or another type of visa? The USCIS has a list of requirements that the person must meet in order to be considered for an O Visa. These requirements serve as proof that they have achieved success in their professional career and, therefore, have enough documents to support and enforce the claim.     Unless the person possesses a major internationally recognized award such as a Nobel Prize, they must meet three of the following eight requirements: Recipient of one or several national or international awards in their field for excellent work. Membership in a nationally or internationally recognized organization focused on excellence and outstanding achievements in their field of expertise. Published material in a professional or major trade publications or other types of major media. These do not necessarily have to be written by the person, but they must highlight the significance of them and their work. Contributed original scientific, scholarly/academic, and/or business related work that is of major significance in their field of expertise Author of scholarly articles in their field published either in professional journals or other major media that require classification to be published in. Be paid a high salary or other form of compensation […]

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