O Visas

/ Non-immigrant visas

O visas are non-immigrant visas for individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement in specific fields, such as the arts, sciences, business, athletics, or education. These visas are designed for foreign nationals who have achieved a high level of recognition or expertise in their respective fields and wish to work or perform in the United States. There are three primary categories of O visas.


O-1A Visa

This visa category is for individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement in the fields of sciences, education, business, or athletics.


O-1B Visa

This visa category is for individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement in the arts, including fields such as music, film, theater, dance, and the visual arts.


O-2 Visa

This is a companion visa for individuals who will accompany and assist O-1 visa holders in their performances or work. O-2 visa holders must have critical skills or experience that are essential to the O-1 visa holder's work.

Key points about O visas include:

  • O-1 visa holders must provide evidence of their extraordinary ability or achievement in their respective fields, which may include awards, recognition, peer endorsements, and other forms of documentation;
  • The duration of O visas can vary, but O-1 and O-2 visas are generally granted for the duration of the event or work, up to three years, with extensions possible. O-1 visas for individuals with extraordinary ability in athletics or entertainment may be granted for up to five years;
  • O visa holders are typically allowed to work only in the specific field for which their extraordinary ability or achievement was recognized;
  • Spouses and dependent children of O visa holders may be eligible for O-3 visas, but they are not authorized to work in the United States.
To apply for an O visa, individuals typically need to be sponsored by a U.S. employer, agent, or organization that can demonstrate their extraordinary ability and the need for their services in the United States. The specific requirements and evidentiary criteria for O visas can be complex, and individuals often work with experienced immigration attorneys to navigate the application process successfully. O visas are designed to attract and retain individuals who have reached the highest levels of achievement in their fields and who can contribute to U.S. culture, business, and education.

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