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O-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is O-1 visa?

The O-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in one of the following three categories to enter into the U.S. and engage in official activity:

  • Sciences, education, business, and athletics
  • Arts
  • Motion picture or TV industries

What privileges do I enjoy on O-1 visas?

On O-1 visa, you may:

  • Receive your visa quickly
  • Travel freely in and out of the U.S. for the term of the visa
  • Apply for O-2 visas for accompanying essential support personnel
  • Apply for O-3 visas for accompanying dependents
  • Not be required to prove that you intend to return to your home country residence when your business in the U.S. is completed
  • Apply for permanent residence while in O status

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What are the limitations of O-1 visa?

On O-1 visa, you may:

  • Take up employment for the position, event, or activity for which the USCIS granted approval
  • Take up employment with multiple employers only if each employer files a separate Form I-129
  • Commence employment on the date authorized by the USCIS and must terminate the employment no later than the date authorized
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