The O-Visa is a Nonimmigrant Visa which allows for those from a foreign country that have brilliant skills in the fields of arts, business, education, science, or sports, or for those who have received rewards for outstanding work and achievement in the television industry or motion pictures nationally or internationally.
O-1A Visa is only for those professionals with outstanding skills in business, education, science and sport (this visa does not include arts, television industry or motion pictures). For qualification of this visa the petitioner must demonstrate that they have a sustained nationally or internationally recognition and with the purpose of coming to the United States temporarily to continue working on their specialty.
Individuals with extraordinary skills are referred to as having a high level of quality and expertise where only a really small percentage of the people in the same profession will be able to reach that level.
O-1B Visa is for those professionals with extraordinary ability in art or with incredible achievements in motion pictures or in the television industry. Evidence for this visa will have to be shown for approval such as an Emmy, Academy Award, Director's Guild Award or a Grammy, or a minimum of three out of the followings options:
O-2 Visa is for specific personnel that will be assisting the artist or athlete on a specific performance or event. If the petitioner of a O-2 visa will be attending to an individual of a O-1A the O-2 petitioner must be an essential part of the O-1A petitioner’s activity, or if the O-2 petitioner will be attending a O-1B petitioner the individual requesting the O-2 visa is because they are an essential help for the completion of the O-2B production. The O-2 visa petitioner has to have extraordinary skills that would be ready to be performed in the United States for the event or performance to be successful.
Family members of a petitioner of the O-1 or O-2 visa will be able to accompany them on the event or performance that they will be attending in the United States by requesting the O-3 Visa. In this case family members are referred to as the spouse or any unmarried children under the age of 21.
Petitioner of this visa will have to file a I-129 form, Petition for Nonimmigrant worker with the USCIS office. This petition will have to be requested with a minimum of 45 days before the date of employment to prevent a delay but it may not be filed more than one year before the prospective date of employment. The I-129 form will have to be submitted with the following documentation:
The O-Visa will be given for a time period of three years. A time extension of this visa will be approved for an extra year depending if the USCIS office determines that it is necessary to successfully accomplish the initial event.
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