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O-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


How long can I stay in the U.S. on O-2 work visa?

You may stay in the U.S. on O-2 visa for the period of time determined to be necessary to assist the O-1 principal to accomplish the event or activity, not to exceed three years. You may be admitted to the U.S. for the O-2 visa validity period, plus a period of up to ten days before the validity period begins and ten days after the validity period ends.


Can I extend my stay while on O-2 visa?

Yes, you may apply for extension of stay on O-2 visa. Extensions may be authorized in increments of up to one year to continue or complete the same event or activity for you were admitted into the U.S. plus an additional ten days to allow you to get your personal affairs in order.

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Can I appeal a denial of extension of stay on O-2 status?

No, you may not appeal a denial of extension of stay on O-2 visa.


Can I study on O-2 work visa?

Yes, you may engage in part-time study while maintaining O status.


Are there any travel restrictions on O-2 visa?

No, the Department of State does not impose any restrictions on the number of times you may travel in and out of the U.S.

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