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O-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the steps to obtain O-2 visa?

There are three steps to obtaining an O-2 visa:

  • Obtaining an advisory opinion from a peer group, labor organization, or management organization
  • USCIS approval
  • Visa issuance by the consulate

How do I apply for O-2 work visa?

The U.S employer must file Form I-129, Application for Nonimmigrant Worker, on your behalf with the Regional Service Center having jurisdiction where the services will be rendered.

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What type of documentation must I submit with O-2 petition?

Petitions for O 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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