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O-1 Visa

What is O-1 Visa?

O-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa for the individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.


Who may be qualified for O Visa?

  • O-1A: individuals with an extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics.

  • O-1B: individuals with an extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in motion picture or television industry.

  • O-2: individual who will accompany an O-1, artist or athlete, to assist in a specific event or performance.

  • O-3: individual who are the spouse or children of O-1’s and O-2’s.


What are the advantages of applying for O-1 Visa?

  • O-1 is a dual intent visa. An applicant for a dual intent visa does not have to have a residence abroad which he or she does not intend to abandon.

  • O-1 is broader in scope than other non-immigrant visas. Athletes and entertainers may be eligible to apply O-1 visa, but they may not be eligible for other non-immigrant visas, such as H or L visas.

  • O-1 visa holders can extend their status for up to 1 year at a time and there is no limitation on the number of times they can extend their status.

  • O-1 visa permits the foreigner to work for multiple different employers in the U.S.

  • O-1 visa is eligible for premium processing. If the applicant decided to use premium processing service, the USCIS will response to his/her O-1 petition within 15 days or less.


What is the processing time for O-1 Visa?

Generally, the USCIS will take 4 months to 9.5 months to process your application. This time range is how long it is taking USCIS to process your case from the date they received it. Nonetheless, because premium processing is available for O-1 Visa, the applicants can typically receive USCIS’s decision on his/her case within 15 days.


What are the application fees? (subject to change)

  • Form I-129 Filing Fees: $460

  • Premium Processing Fees: $1,410

  • Expert Opinion Letter/Union Consultation: Approximate $600-900

  • Translation: Approximate $500-800


What services will AllBelief Law Firm provide?

  • We will provide you with a completed document list for all of the documentation needed for O-1 Petition.

  • We will help you prepare and organize the documentation.

  • We will provide clear answers to any questions you may have for your petition.

  • We will help you edit your current Resume.

  • We will help you sort out the documents need to be translated.

  • We will guide you to complete Expert Opinion Letter/Union Consultation drafting.

  • We will create a questionnaire for you to send to your supporting person to gather facts for the Supporting Letters.

  • We will draft 3 Supporting Letters for your petition.

  • We will draft an itinerary for your employment in the U.S.

  • We will review your employment contracts to make sure they meet the requirement for O-1 visa application.

  • We will complete and file Form I-129, and any other forms and services you purchased.

  • We will analyze your credentials and contributions in your field, prepare a legal argument, emphasize your expertise, and draft a Petition Letter.

  • We will help you respond to USCIS questions and prepare you for your in-person interview.

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