O Visa Fundamentals
What are O Visas?
O visa is a non-immigrant visa category for people with extraordinary abilities in the following areas:
- Athletes O1-A
- Entertainers O-1B
- Artists O1-B
Chefs, circuit performances, models, musicians, dancers, physicists, academics, etc. (and their spouses O-2) can apply as long as they prove their area of expertise.
What are the general O-Visa requirements?
- Contract; either written contract or oral agreement by stating the terms of agreement;
- Itinerary if applicable, most of the time it is required;
- Advisory opinions – from Labor Organizations, Management Organizations;
- Evidence; nationally or internationally recognized price, awards, membership in organizations, press, published articles, authorship of scholarly articles, participation as a judge, or panel, high salary, testimonials and letter of recommendations.
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