Talent & Extraordinary Ability Visas
The O-1 visa is a temporary visa available for individuals with extraordinary abilities at a national and international level in science, art, education, business, and sports. Individuals with extraordinary achievements in movies or television can also apply for an O-1 visa.
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Applying for an O-1 Visa
To obtain the O-1 visa, the applicant must have a sponsor to provide employment in a specific position. For example, a professional baseball player would need either a baseball team offering a position or an agent to act as the sponsor. If the applicant is a musician, a music group or orchestra can sponsor the visa. An actor would need a studio to sponsor the visa.
The sponsor, or petitioner, will need to file Form I-129 with the USCIS. This petition may only be filed within one year of the date when the individual’s services are first required. To ensure that the application is processed on time, one should submit it as soon as possible but no more than 6 months prior to the date of employment.
Along with the Form I-129, the petitioner will need to submit several types of documentary evidence, including:
- Evidence of the beneficiary’s talent or extraordinary ability
- A written advisory opinion from a peer group or individual with expertise in the area of ability
- A copy of the written contract between the sponsor and the beneficiary or a summary of the terms of an oral employment agreement
- An itinerary detailing the nature, dates, and locations of events and activities
Duration of Status & Family Members
The spouse and non-married children of the O-1 visa holder have the right to obtain O-3 visas to come to the U.S. with the principle O-1 visa holder.
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