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AMERICAN O-1 VISA GUIDE
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AMERICAN O-1 VISA GUIDE
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AMERICAN
O-1 VISA GUIDE
The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics (O-1A visa) or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements (O-1B visa).
The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics (O-1A visa) or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements (O-1B visa).
The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics (O-1A visa) or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements (O-1B visa).
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Difficulty of relocation:
  • Work legally in the U.S. for the visa sponsor.
  • Fairly quick application process.
  • Assistants with O-2 visas can join.
  • Spouse and family with O-3 visas can join.
  • Travel in and out of the U.S.
  • No intent to return to the home country required.
  • “Dual intent” when applying for residence permit is possible.
  • Work legally in the U.S. for the visa sponsor.
  • Fairly quick application process.
  • Assistants with O-2 visas can join.
  • Spouse and family with O-3 visas can join.
  • Travel in and out of the U.S.
  • No intent to return to the home country required.
  • “Dual intent” when applying for residence permit is possible.
Benefits
MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS


O-1 visas are available to people who:

  • Have a job offer in the U.S;
  • Have proven extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, movie or TV industry.
MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
The applicant can prove extraordinary ability by winning a major internationally recognized award (such as an Olympic medal or a Pulitzer Prize) or accomplishing at least three of the following:

  • nationally recognized prize or award for excellence;

  • membership in associations that require outstanding achievements of their members in a particular field of expertise;

  • being a subject of published material in professional or major trade publications or major media;

  • participation in a panel or individually, as a judge of the work of others in the field;

  • original scientific, scholarly, or business-related contribution of major significance;

  • being an author of scholarly articles in professional journals or major media;

  • employment in a critical or essential capacity for an organization with a distinguished reputation;

  • high salary or other outstanding remuneration for the services.
The O-1 visas can be renewed for increments of 12 months if the requirements are fulfilled. Any absence of greater than 30 days breaks continuity of status such that you will need to use a new visa document to enter the U.S.
Maximum of 3 years.
VISA DURATION
VISA PROCEDURE
AND NECESSARY DOCUMENTS
VISA PROCEDURE AND NECESSARY DOCUMENTS
Step 1. File the petition with USCIS

Your employer or agent must:

1. Read the instructions for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.

2. Complete and sign Form I-129 on your behalf. To avoid delays, your employer or agent should file your Form I-129 at least 45 days before the date of employment.

3. Pay the filing fee.

4. Provide all required evidence and supporting documentation:

  • Consultation. The Petitioner must provide a written advisory opinion from a peer group (including labor organizations) or a person with expertise in the beneficiary’s area of ability. USCIS maintains a list of organizations that provide advisory opinions on O-1 and O-2 beneficiaries.

  • Contract between petitioner and beneficiary or a summary of the terms of the oral agreement under which you will be employed.

  • (If applicable) Itineraries. The petitioner must provide an explanation of the nature of the events or activities, the beginning and ending dates for the events or activities, and a copy of any itinerary for the events or activities.

  • Evidence demonstrating O-1 Eligibility. The petitioner must provide evidence demonstrating your extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, business, education, or athletics, or extraordinary achievement in the motion picture industry (see more in Eligibility criteria).
Step 2. Await the end of the petition process

Once USCIS receive your Form I-129, your employer or agent will receive a:

1. Receipt notice confirming USCIS received your petition;
2. Biometric services notice;
3. Notice to appear for an interview;
4. Notice of the decision (Notice of Action, Form I-797).

The petition processing time varies from 2 to 4 months.

Step 3. O-1 visa application at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate

Once the petition is approved, you can apply for the relevant visa and schedule an interview with the following documents:

  • Completed Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160. Learn more about completing the form here.

  • Confirmation page for the completed Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160.

  • Photo. You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. Your photo must be in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.

  • Valid passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States.

  • (if applicable to your nationality) Application fee payment receipt.

  • Receipt Number for your approved petition as it appears on your Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129 from USCIS, or Notice of Action, Form I-797, from USCIS.

Wait times for a visa to be processed varies by country (from 7 to 180 calendar days) and does not include time required for administrative processing.

FEES
​$460
Form I-129 filing fee
Visa application fee
$190
WHEN IN USA
WHEN IN USA

I. How to get a Social Security Number

To obtain a Social Security number (SSN), visit your local Social Security office with the following documents:

  • Social Secutrity Number application form;
  • Valid passport;
  • I-94 Arrival/Departure Record. Issued automatically when you enter the United States and can be downloaded from the Customs and Border Protection online service;
  • Form I-797, Notice of Action. Issued as a result of an application or a petition submitted to the USCIS.

SSA typically issues the SSN within two to four weeks.

II. How to open a bank account

Documents usually needed for opening a personal bank account in the United States are:

  • Your Social Security number;
  • Valid passport;
  • Minimum opening deposit of about $25 to activate your account.

III. How to get medical insurance

Documents usually needed to get a medical insurance in the United States are:

  • Valid passport;
  • I-94 Arrival/Departure Record;
  • Form I-797, Notice of Action. Issued as a result of an application or a petition submitted to the USCIS;
  • Proof of residence in the United States (i.e. utility bills or lease contract);
  • Proof of current income (i.e. payroll records or letter from employer on company letterhead, signed and dated).
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PERMANENT RESIDENCE AND CITIZENSHIP
The O-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa classification. Non-immigrant visa classifications are temporary and do not directly lead to permanent residence in the US (a green card). In order to go from O-1 visa to green card, you must convert from a non-immigrant classification to an immigrant classification.

Some O-1 visa holders commonly choose to switch to a similar EB-1A visa category which is an immigrant visa classification for people who have an extraordinary ability in either the arts, sciences, business, education, or athletics. Another way to go from an O-1 visa to a green card is by having a US employer sponsor you for a green card by offering you a full-time job.
PERMANENT RESIDENCE AND CITIZENSHIP
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