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What Is An O-1 Temporary Work Visa?

What Is An O-1 Temporary Work Visa?

An O-1 visa allows someone with extraordinary abilities to temporarily enter the United States for work purposes. An O-1 temporary work visa is awarded to an individual 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 their achievements.

The O-1 nonimmigrant temporary work visa classification is divided into two subcategories: O-1A and O-1B work visas.

O-1A Temporary Work Visa
For an O-1A temporary entry, applicants can qualify if they have exceptional talents in the sciences, education, business, or athletics.

O-1B Temporary Work Visa
The O-1B visa is reserved for foreign nationals who have extraordinary abilities or achievements in the arts, motion picture, or television industries.

According to USCIS guidelines, applications for these temporary entry visas should not be filed more than one year before the date that applicants intend to work in the United States.

American businesses and organizations who are trying to recruit elite athletes, talent or performers for short-term projects should consult an experienced business immigration attorney to discuss how the O-1A or O-1B visa might be the right choice for their company.

Illinois Business Immigration Attorney

Godoy Law Office provides business immigration law counsel and representation for both employers and employees in all immigration law contexts. Many businesses obtain a competitive edge by recruiting foreign professionals for positions in their American companies. Likewise, many foreign business entrepreneurs and professionals pursue a better life for their families in coming to live and work in the United States.

Our experienced immigration personnel assists businesses and foreign professionals to achieve their goals through employment-based and entrepreneur-based visas. Contact Godoy Law Office at 630-912-0322.


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