What Are the Different Types of O-visas and Their Specific Criteria?


If you are an individual with extraordinary abilities or a multinational company looking to transfer executives, managers or employees with specialized knowledge to the United States, then you may be eligible for O-visas. O-visas are a non-immigrant visa category that allows foreign nationals to temporarily work in the United States.

However, obtaining an O-visa can be a complex and time-consuming process. To help you navigate through the various types of O-visas and their specific criteria, we have put together this ultimate guide.

1. Understanding the Different Types of O-Visas

There are three types of O-visas:

  1. ​​​O-1 Visa: For individuals with extraordinary abilities in science, arts, education, business, or athletics.
  2. O-2 Visa: For individuals who will accompany and assist O-1 visa holders in a specific event or performance.
  3. O-3 Visa: For spouses and children of O-1 and O-2 visa holders.

2. Eligibility Criteria for O-1 Visa

To be eligible for an O-1 visa, you must demonstrate extraordinary ability in your field through sustained national or international acclaim. To prove your eligibility, you must provide evidence of your achievements, such as awards, publications, and media coverage.

3. Eligibility Criteria for O-2 Visa

To be eligible for an O-2 visa, you must show that you will accompany and assist an O-1 visa holder in a specific event or performance. You must have critical skills and experience that are not readily available in the United States.

4. Eligibility Criteria for O-3 Visa

To be eligible for an O-3 visa, you must be the spouse or child of an O-1 or O-2 visa holder. You must demonstrate that you will accompany the O-1 or O-2 visa holder and that you will not engage in employment in the United States.

5. Tips for a Successful O-Visa Application

  1. Start early: The O-visa application process can take several months, so it’s essential to start early and gather all the required documents.
  2. Provide strong evidence: The success of your O-visa application depends on the strength of your evidence, so make sure to provide documentation that clearly demonstrates your eligibility.
  3. Seek professional assistance: The O-visa application process can be overwhelming, and it’s highly recommended to seek professional assistance from an immigration attorney who specializes in O-visas.

Contact Our Miami O-Visa Lawyers

Obtaining an O-visa can be a complex process, but it’s not impossible. By following our ultimate guide, you can better understand the different types of O-visas and their specific criteria, and increase your chances of a successful application.

If you need further assistance or have any questions, please feel free to contact us online or call (305) 363-7406 to get started.

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