O-1 Temporary Visa Attorneys
Montgomery County Immigration Lawyer
When an employer wishes to hire a foreign national in a
temporary position, the O-1 family of visas may be an option to consider. The O-1
nonimmigrant visa may be granted to individuals who have a job offer in
the United States and have demonstrated an extraordinary ability in one
of a number of qualifying fields. These
employment visas are typically granted for up to three years, with the possibility of multiple
one-year extensions dependent on the time required to finish a project
or event. There are no quotas or limits on the number of O-1 visas which
are granted each year.
The O-1 visa is divided into categories based on the applicants chosen
industry and include:
O-1A: For persons demonstrating extraordinary talent in the fields of business,
athletics, education, or the sciences.
O-1B: For persons demonstrating extraordinary talent in the arts, including the
television and film industries.
O-2: For accompanying assistants who possess skills that are critical to the
completion or success of the O-1 applicant's work.
O-3: For the spouse and children of qualifying O-1 and O-2 visa applicants.
At USILaw, we help businesses and professionals to achieve their goals
by providing world-class employment-based visa and immigration services. Our
Montgomery County immigration attorneys work with every client individually to develop a legal strategy tailored
to their needs. We understand that communication across time zones can
be difficult which is why our firm offers 24 hour support, Monday through Friday.
Request an initial consultation with our firm to learn about your legal options.
O-1 Eligibility Requirements
The O-1 visa is available to individuals who have risen to the top of their
field, either through national acclaim or through recognition within their
industry. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provide general requirements
for prospective applicants and an individual must typically meet at least
three of these criteria to qualify. A visa may also be granted to an individual’s
family or working assistants. The specific requirements are also dependent
on the industry in which the applicant is seeking employment.
Criteria for O-1A visas include:
- Recipient of national or international awards and prizes, such as a Pulitzer Prize
- Membership in exclusive industry associations which require exceptional
achievements or abilities
- Made significant scholarly or educational contributions to the chosen field
- A history of employment in executive or essential roles for leading businesses
- Author of works in leading industry publications, newspapers or media outlets
Criteria for O-1B visas include:
- The applicant is needed to perform a lead or critical role as part of a
production which has a distinguished reputation.
- Proven and documented record of success through remarkable monetary achievements
or through critical acclaim
- Received or honored for work or accomplishments by significant organizations,
government agencies, or prominent critics
- Consistent high salary earner in relation to others who produce similar work
While the above qualifications may seem strict, individuals should not
be dissuaded from applying as there is typically room for interpretation.
Additionally, in cases where the stated criteria do not apply, it is possible
to submit evidence for similar or equivalent accomplishments that demonstrate
an individual’s outstanding abilities. This is especially true for
niche fields with relatively small communities where one or more of the
above criteria may not exist. Our employment visa attorneys are highly
knowledgeable of these requirements and work with clients to communicate
the exact nature of their professional recognitions and accomplishments.
Questions about O-1 Visas? Call (800) 335-8520
The success of an application is greatly dependent on an individual’s
ability to accurately communicate and demonstrate how they are a leader
in their field. If you are seeking an O-1 temporary employment visa, securing
knowledgeable legal representation can greatly affect the outcome of your
case. At USILaw, we are highly knowledgeable of the laws and regulations
surrounding employment-based visa services. Our Montgomery County immigration
attorneys have substantial experience helping clients to further their
careers while building companies and investing in communities.
Contact us today to learn more about the visa and immigration services that our firm offers.