An O visa is a non–immigrant visa that is available to persons of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. This includes those who have demonstrated a sustained level of achievement in their field of endeavor. This visa is most frequently used by actors, musicians, athletes, and other entertainers. It also applies to scientists, researchers, and business executives.
The O visa is a good option for those who do not qualify for a permanent resident visa or for an H–1B visa. It allows the holder to live and work in the United States temporarily, although it is not a path to permanent residency. In order to qualify for an O visa, the applicant must demonstrate extraordinary ability by providing evidence of a sustained level of achievement. This could include evidence such as awards, publications, critical reviews, and other forms of recognition. The applicant must also demonstrate that they are coming to the United States to continue their work in the field of their expertise.
The O visa is valid for up to three years and can be extended up to five years with additional evidence of the applicant’s extraordinary ability. The visa also allows the holder to bring their spouse and children to the United States.
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