Coming To The U.S. On O-1 Visas
Individuals with extraordinary abilities (and their assistants and family members) may qualify for the temporary O visas, including:
- O-1A for applicants accomplished in the sciences, education, business or athletics
- O-1B for applicants with extraordinary abilities in the arts or extraordinary achievement in motion picture or television industry
- O-2 for people who will accompany an O-1, artist or athlete, fulfilling integral parts of events or performances or playing essential roles at those events
- O-3 for spouses and children of O-1 and O-2 nonimmigrant visa holders
“Extraordinary abilities” mean a high level of achievement or distinction in the arts. Accomplishments in other fields should stand out as exceptional to qualify an applicant for an O-1 visa. An appropriate peer group such as a professional organization is a very good source for confirmation of an applicant’s eligibility on the basis of extraordinary ability.
Qualifications and documentation requirements for O visas are quite complex and detailed. Miley & Brown, P.C., does not recommend that applicants or their sponsors attempt to go through the application process without the help of an experienced immigration attorney.
Miley & Brown, P.C., has years of experience helping people from other countries obtain temporary employment visas, including O-1 visas. We can advise you on how to gather and present compelling evidence that you qualify for this type of visa (if, in fact, you do qualify). We are prepared to analyze and assess your situation in order to make an educated prediction of whether your O-1 visa application will succeed. We can help devise a strategy for an effective O-1 visa application.