The Benefits of an O-1 Visa

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The O-1 visa is one of the most versatile visas available. Most visas require that you be in a very specific profession or position in order to qualify. The O-1 visa is different in that it includes a very broad spectrum of fields. An O-1 can be issued to a musician, actor, model, fashion designer, or it could be issued to a figure skater, soccer player, or karate athlete. Those are just a select few professions that qualify under this visa.

In order to qualify for an O-1 you must fulfill 3 categories, whether it be for an O-1A or an O-1B; depending on your profession you will be included into one of those two. For O-1A’s there are 8 categories to choose from and O-1B’s have 6 to choose from. This allows for each individual to choose the best categories suited for their profession and the evidence they have of their extraordinary ability in their respective field. An experience immigration attorney will be able to determine which type of O-1 would best suit you.

Another great aspect of the O-1 visa is that you may get an unlimited number of extensions, meaning you will be allowed to stay in the U.S. working indefinitely as long as you renew your visa.

Overall, the O-1 visa is a great option if you fall within its parameters and an experienced immigration attorney will be able to help you navigate the requirements set forth by USCIS immigration services.


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