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O-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between O-1 and EB-1(A)?

The O-1 category applies to foreign nationals seeking a nonimmigrant status, while the EB-1(A) category is for foreign nationals seeking permanent immigrant status. A person seeking O-1 status must have an employer in the U.S., while a person seeking permanent residence in the EB-1(A) category does not need a U.S. employer.


Can I work for more than one employer on O-1 visa?

Yes, if you work for more than one employer at the same time, however, each employer must file a separate petition with the USCIS.

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Can I change employers on O-1 work visa?

Yes, you may change employers on O-1 visa, however, a new petition must be filed by the new employer.


What is the employer's liability if my employment is terminated while on O-1 visa?

If the employment is terminated, the employer is liable to pay reasonable cost of return transportation to your last place of residence prior to your entry into the U.S.

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