O-1 Visa 2018-03-12T23:11:41+00:00

O-1 Visa

To qualify for an O-1 visa, the employee/performer must be considered to be among the top in his/her field, must be highly talented and demonstrate sustained national or international recognition and acclaim. The standard defining “extraordinary” varies dependent upon the area in which the beneficiary will perform services.

Our approach to processing O-1 Visas

As a preliminary step, our Office will review your resume and assess your chances of success with an O-1 visa. Depending on the amount of time and effort required to make a determination, our Office will undertake to do this for a small administrative fee.  The O-1 Visa typically requires extensive research and documentation and predicting a time line is difficult. However, in most situations, we can provide you with a ballpark timeline at the time of the evaluation.

Nomination or receipt of a Nobel Prize type award is a sure eligibility standard. However, the USCIS will also accept comparable evidence. An O-1 visa holder can remain in the United States for the period of time the “event” (s)he is entering the United States to attend is ongoing. In fact, nomination for any major award in one’s field can be used to demonstrate O-1 eligibility provided it shows that the individual has risen to the very to of his or her field of endeavor. For instance, a carpet buyer with extraordinary knowledge about 16th century Persian carpets and a contract with the Smithsonian may qualify.

Support personnel of entertainers and athletes also may enter the U.S. on an O-2 visa. However, the O-2 recipient must meet a very exacting standard. Support personnel must be able to prove that they are an “integral part” of the performance and that they possess “critical skills and experience” specific and of a personal nature with the principal O-1 foreign national.

O-1 Approval received for Tennis Professional

We have received the approval notice for my O-1 today. Thank you very much for taking my case and working on it. You did a great job putting everything together and was very patient with me throughout the process.  Please thank everybody who helped with my case on my behalf.

I look forward to working with your law firm in the future.

— B.K., USA, E-mail

 

O-1 Outstanding category – Tennis Professional

My wait for this has been long and arduous. Along the way, I called or wrote frustrating e-mails here and there. Thanks for tolerating me and thank you for making it a easier path in the end. I appreciate your time and effort.
– Nessar.N., New York, NY

O-1 Visa – EB1 (Librarian)

Vaman, Thank you for guiding me through the Green Card process. Your patience and compassion are very much appreciated. Just letting you know you are the best immigration lawyer in the land.
– Barbara R., Raleigh, NC