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O visas allow extraordinary talented individuals to come to the United States and further develop their careers, gain experience, and potentiate their professional growth.

Here at the Law Offices of Alice Antonovsky, we have experience dealing with O visa cases from individuals of many different professional backgrounds and countries.

You might be the next talented professional to join the U.S. workforce! Keep reading to learn all about the O visa in the United States.
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The O visa, also known as the “talent visa”, is a non-immigrant visa category for individuals with extraordinary abilities in the fields of science, arts, education, business, or athletics. Those who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry are also eligible.

There are two types of O visas: O-1A for individuals with extraordinary abilities in science, business, or athletics, and O-1B for those in the arts.

To qualify for an O visa applicants must demonstrate to have an extraordinary ability in the qualifying fields. Such a level of expertise can be proven with records of national or international acclaim, documentation, media coverage, awards, publications, or expert opinions. The goal is for the applicant to prove they are at the very top of their field.

Think you qualify for an O visa? Contact our team now to evaluate your case and get started!


O Visa Requirements

Since the O visa is specifically designed for people with abilities in certain fields, applicants must be able to show proof of the talents they claim to have.

Here are the basic requirements for an O visa in the United States:

  • Evidence of extraordinary ability: The level of expertise must be significantly above what is typically found in their profession and demonstrated through sustained national or international acclaim, publications, or documentation.
  • Eligible type of work: The applicant must be coming to the United States to work in their area of extraordinary ability. They can show temporary work, employment, contractual work, or project-based work offers.
  • Advisory opinion: The applicant will need to provide an advisory opinion from an appropriate industry group, organization, or individual with expertise in the applicant’s field. This will help back up their talent claims.
  • Nonimmigrant intent: The applicant must demonstrate that their interest in coming to the United States is on developing in their professional field. However, they may be eligible to apply for a permanent residence while holding an O visa.
Benefits of Getting an O Visa in the United States
  1. You get permission to work in the United States: an O visa grants you work authorization in the U.S. for the duration of your visa status. Keep in mind, you must engage in professional activities related to the field you claimed to have extraordinary talent in.
  2. You do not need a sponsorship from anyone: unlike other employment-based visas, you will not need a U.S. employer to sponsor you for an O visa.
  3. You will be able to enter and exit the country multiple times: O visas are issued for up to three years, with the possibility of extensions. During this time, you are free to enter and exit the country multiple times.
  4. You will be able to bring your family with you: as an O visa holder, you can bring your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 with you with an O-3 visa.
  5. You will be able to apply for permanent residency: an O visa is a non-immigrant visa. However, it may be a pathway for permanent residency in the U.S. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be able to apply for a Green Card and adjust your status.
These Are The Visas Included In The O Visa Category

O-1A Visa for individuals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics


O-1B Visa available for individuals with an extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in motion picture or television industry


O-2 Visa for dependents who will accompany an O-1 visa holder to assist in a specific event or performance


O-3 Visa for spouses or children of O-1 and O-2 visa holders.


Source: U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs


Source: U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs

  • An O visa is generally valid for up to three years, with the possibility of extensions. The great news is that you can apply to become a U.S. permanent resident while holding an O visa. As with any application, you will need to comply with all eligibility requirements to get your Green Card.
  • Your spouse and children, who would be O-3 visa holders at this point, would also be granted permanent residency status as they are dependents of the main O visa holder.
O Visas Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, spouses and unmarried children under 21 years old may accompany an O-1 visa holder to the U.S. on an O-3 visa. Their status will depend on the main applicant’s status, unless they independently qualify for a status adjustment.

The O-1 visa is valid for up to three years, with the possibility of extensions. The USCIS will evaluate and determine how much of an extension you need to accomplish the initial event or activity. Or, grant you one year increments on your visa validity.

Yes, your O-1 petition can be revoked if the information in the petition is not true and correct, the conditions in which you were originally employed have changed, the conditions of the approved petition are violated or the approval of the petition involved gross error.

O visas are non-immigrant visas that are granted to individuals with extraordinary abilities or achievements in their respective fields, such as arts, sciences, education, business, athletics, or the motion picture and television industry.

There are three main types of O visas: O-1A for individuals with extraordinary ability in sciences, education, business, or athletics; O-1B for individuals with extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry; and O-2 for essential support personnel of O-1 visa holders.

Applicants for O visas need to provide evidence of sustained national or international acclaim in their field, demonstrated through awards, recognition, expert opinions, and other achievements.

Yes, individuals in various fields including music, writing, cooking, and other arts can apply for O-1B visas if they can demonstrate extraordinary ability in their specific area.

Yes, an employer or agent can sponsor an individual for an O visa by submitting a petition to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

There is no specific numerical cap for O visas, unlike some other visa categories. However, the criteria for qualifying as an individual with extraordinary ability are stringent.

Yes, O visa holders may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through various employment-based green card categories, provided they meet the necessary requirements.

O-1 and O-2 visa holders can initially stay for the duration of their event or up to three years, with extensions granted in one-year increments. There's no specific maximum duration for O visas.

No, O visas require an employer or agent to file a petition on behalf of the individual. The applicant cannot self-petition for an O visa.

The applicant needs to gather substantial evidence of their extraordinary ability or achievement, including awards, recognition, published works, testimonials, and more. Consulting with an immigration attorney is recommended to navigate the complex application process.

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