The O-1 Visa is a nonimmigrant visa reserved for special cases in which the person applying for the visa has demonstrated extraordinary ability in the arts, science, education, business, motion picture or television industry or athletics. Included in this category are the individuals with the ability, individuals who are required to assist for a specific event or performance, and spouses and children of both of these groups. Although it sounds relatively straightforward, there are a few common misconceptions that can trip up applicants.
Here are five of the top misconceptions about how to get a visa in the O-1 category:
Only famous people qualify for an O-1 visa
Although being a famous artist, athlete or actor certainly doesn’t hurt your chances; it is not required. You should be well recognized in your specific field of expertise, but celebrity is not required. Gather any coverage of your work, whether that is from articles, interviews or special features. This can help demonstrate your notable ability and recognition.
You are required to permanently move to the United States
It is a nonimmigrant visa, meaning you are allowed to travel back and forth between your home country and the US. Should you choose to move to the US permanently, there is the option of transitioning to a green card.
This visa can be self-sponsored
Applicants cannot sponsor themselves for this type of visa. Instead, you must obtain sponsorship through the United States sponsor company that you will be employed by once you arrive.
Only artists will qualify for this type of visa
The O-1 Visa applies to artists, but it covers several other industries as well. Aside from art, motion pictures and television, applicants can also excel in the industries of science, education, and business. A wide range of positions can fall into these industry categories.
Applying for the O-1 Visa is so simple you can do it without any legal assistance
Because the O-1 Visa requires extensive documents and has many intricacies, you should contact a legal immigration expert who can support and guide you through the process. Save yourself costly and stressful errors by working with an immigration lawyer.
At Raynor and Associates, our team has extensive experience handling cases involving the O-1 Visa as well as many other types of immigration situations. We are here to guide you through the complicated process and ensure that you can successfully obtain the visa that best fits your situation. Contact our office today for your free telephone consultation and take the first step in the right direction towards your visa.