An O-1 visa is a type of visa for individuals who possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, tech, arts, education, business, or athletics. It is also available for those who have a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry
Can Dreem help with the O-1 visa process?
Yes, Dreem can help individuals and businesses with the O-1 visa process. Our experienced team and using of digitalized processes can assist with preparing and submitting the petition, as well as gathering the necessary evidence and supporting documents. We can also provide guidance on the overall process and answer any questions you may have
What are the requirements for an O-1 visa?
To qualify for an O-1 visa, you must demonstrate extraordinary ability or achievement in your field through sustained national or international recognition. You must also have a job offer or engagement in the U.S. that requires your extraordinary abilities
How to obtain an O-1 visa?
To obtain an O-1 visa, an individual must have an employer or agent who will apply on their behalf. While self-petitioning is not an option, a U.S. company owned by the O-1 visa beneficiary may be able to file the petition. This can be a good option for international startup founders. To qualify for an O-1A visa, the applicant must have achieved significant recognition in their field, such as through the receipt of a major international award like an Olympic medal or a Nobel Prize, or by meeting at least three of the eight eligibility criteria
How do I apply for an O-1 visa?
To apply for an O-1 visa, you must submit a petition to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) with evidence of your extraordinary ability or achievement, as well as a job offer or engagement in the U.S. You will also need to provide other supporting documents, such as a consultation letter from a peer group or labor organization
What is the cost of an O-1 visa?
The regular processing fee for an O-1 visa is $460. If you choose to expedite the processing with premium processing, you will need to pay an additional $2,500. For more information on Dreem’s pricing for O-1 visas, please refer to our pricing page
How long is the O-1 visa valid for?
An O-1 visa allows an individual to work for a specific employer in the U.S. for up to three years and can be extended indefinitely in one-year increments
How to extend an O-1 visa?
To extend an O-1 visa, you can request an extension in one-year increments. The earliest you can apply for an extension is six months prior to the visa's expiration date. To apply for an O-1 visa extension, the petitioner needs to complete the I-129 form. The petition will then be evaluated and approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Is it possible to lose O-1 visa?
An O-1 visa can be revoked under several circumstances even after it has been approved. If the petitioner goes out of business, files a written withdrawal of the petition, or informs the USCIS that the beneficiary is no longer employed by the petitioner, the visa can be revoked. Furthermore, if the facts included in the petition are found to be false, the visa can also be revoked
What is the difference between an O-1A Visa and an EB-1A Green Card?
An O-1A Visa and an EB-1A Green Card share a similar eligibility standard, which is demonstrating extraordinary ability in the applicant's field. The primary difference is that an O-1A Visa is a temporary non-immigrant Visa, while an EB-1A Green Card is a permanent immigrant Visa.
An O-1A Visa is usually granted for up to three years initially, with the option to extend it in one-year increments. It allows the Visa holder to work only for the sponsoring employer or agent, and changing employers requires filing a new O-1 petition. In contrast, an EB-1A Green Card provides permanent residency status to the applicant and allows them to work for any employer in the United States. Additionally, an EB-1A Green Card provides the applicant with the ability to apply for U.S. citizenship after a certain period of time.
The EB-1A Green Card process is generally more complex, lengthy, and costly than the O-1A Visa process, and requires the applicant to provide more comprehensive evidence of their extraordinary ability. EB-1A candidates should be able to show considerable evidence that they are at the top of their field. However, obtaining an EB-1A Green Card provides a more permanent solution for those who qualify.
One more difference between the O-1A Visa and EB-1A Green Card is the entitlements granted to the family members. The spouse and children of an O-1A Visa holder are not automatically authorized to work in the U.S. Instead, they are usually granted O-3 Visas, enabling them to study in the U.S. but not to work. On the other hand, the spouse, and dependents of EB-1A holders are also given Green Cards after approval, provided that the children applying as dependents are below 21 years old
How long do I need to work for the petitioning company under an O-1 Visa?
You need to work with a stated company for the entire period included in your O-1 Visa Approval Notice. If you wish to change employers before your O-1 Visa expires, you must complete an application and submit all the documents and forms again
Can I have multiple employers while I hold an O-1 status?
If an employer files an O-1 petition, the beneficiary is restricted to work only for that employer. If the beneficiary wants to work for multiple employers, they can either file multiple concurrent O-1 petitions or consider the option of filing with an agent petitioner. An agent petitioner would allow the beneficiary to work for more than one employer, but additional evidentiary requirements apply depending on the type of agent filing the petition. These requirements are outlined under 8 CFR 214.2(o)(2)(iv)(E) and depend on whether the agent is filing as an employer, a person or company in business as an agent and filing for multiple employers, or an agent for a foreign employer
What if I stop working for the employer associated with my O-1 visa?
If your employment terminates while you are on an O-1 Visa, your legal status will be affected, and you will be required to leave the country. The O-1 Visa is employer-specific, which means that it is tied to the employer who sponsored it. If you leave that employer or are terminated from that employment, your O-1 Visa is no longer valid. You will have a grace period of up to 60 days to leave the United States, during which time you may apply for a change of status or a new Visa. It is important to note that the 60-day period begins on the day the employment terminates — not at the end of a period of severance pay. Please note that the 60-day grace period may only apply once per authorised nonimmigrant validity period