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O-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a way to speed up the O-1 visa application process?

Yes, the USCIS has instituted a program called Premium Processing. If the USCIS is paid an extra $1,000 on a separate check, the USCIS guarantees it will adjudicate the petition in 15 days or notify you if more evidence is needed.

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What is the advisory opinion required for O-1 petition?

Prior to filing the O-1 petition with the USCIS, you must obtain an advisory opinion from an appropriate consulting entity, such as a peer group, labor organization, or management organization. The advisory opinion is to state whether you qualify as an alien of extraordinary ability and whether such extraordinary abilities are required for the activities to be undertaken by you.


What are the documents required with the O-1 petition?

Petitions for O-1 foreign nationals must be accompanied by:

  • Evidence specified in the particular section for the classification
  • Copies of any written contracts between the employer and yourself. If there is no written contract, a summary of the terms of the oral agreement under which you will be employed
  • Explanation of the nature of the events or activities, the beginning and ending dates for the events or activities, and a copy of any itinerary for the events or activities
  • Written advisory opinion(s) from the appropriate consulting entity or entities
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