What Should I Know About an O Visa?

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Follow along to find out what an O visa is, who is eligible, and how one of the proficient Wisconsin immigration attorneys at Sesini Law Group, S.C., can help you in collecting evidence for your application.

By definition, what is an O Visa?

Sometimes, individuals are required to frequently travel to different countries for their profession. And if these individuals move to the United States, they will need to be granted the ability to obtain employment in the country. This is where an O Visa comes into play. An O Visa allows individuals with extraordinary ability in their field to work in the United States. Technically, this is a classification of non-immigrant temporary worker visas.

Who is eligible for an O Visa?

The following is a list of individuals who may be eligible for an O visa:

  • An individual who has an extraordinary ability in athletics.
  • An individual who has an extraordinary ability in business.
  • An individual who has an extraordinary ability in education.
  • An individual who has an extraordinary ability in science.

In addition, an individual must meet any three of the following prerequisites:

  • An individual must have won a major award in their field.
  • An individual must receive a significant salary in their field.
  • An individual must have made an original contribution to their field.
  • An individual must serve a significant role in an organization related to their field.
  • An individual must serve as a member of an association that requires extraordinary ability in their field.
  • An individual must have articles written about their extraordinary ability.
  • An individual must have written an article about their field.

It is important to note that individuals who have extraordinary ability in the arts must apply for a subset of this type of visa. More specifically, this is the O-1B Visa. With this, you, your employees, and your dependents will be eligible to enter the United States. However, even though you and your employees will be allowed to retain employment in the country, your dependents will not.

How do I prove my extraordinary ability in my field?

There are a number of items you can use to prove your eligibility for an O Visa, and they read as follows:

  • For individuals with extraordinary ability in athletics, business, education, and science:
    • Awards.
    • Itineraries, such as game schedules, production calendars, and research calendars.
    • A written opinion from a United States organization that states your extraordinary ability.
  • For individuals with extraordinary ability in the arts:
    • Album or art sales.
    • Concerts or tours.
    • Itineraries, such as concert schedules or gallery schedules.

If you require assistance with obtaining this visa, reach out to our firm today.

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