O-1 Visa Lawyers | Non-immigrants with Extraordinary Ability

Foreign nationals with extraordinary abilities may qualify for an O-1 visa. With our dedicated O-1 visa lawyers on your side, non-immigrants with extraordinary ability can reside in the United States for up to 3 years. In addition, accompanying spouses and children of visa holders can travel to the United States with O-3 visas. 

Overview of O-1 Visa

The individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement have the opportunity to work in the United States with an O-1 visa. 

Primarily, this visa has two categories:

◉ O-1A Visa: Extraordinary Ability in Sciences, Education, Business, or Athletics

Foreign nationals with sustained national or international acclaim and recognition for their achievements are eligible for O-1A visa. 

◉ O-1B Visa: Extraordinary Ability in Arts, Motion Picture, or Television Industry

For an O-1B visa, the beneficiary must demonstrate a high level of achievement, evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition substantially above that ordinarily encountered. In addition, the beneficiary must be recognized as a prominent expert and provide evidence of their sustained national or international acclaim. 

Benefits of Having an O-1 Visa

✅ Gain lawful entry into the United States.

✅ Can legally accept employment in the United States. 

✅ Have permission to reenter the United States.

✅ Bring your dependents with you to the United States.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to meet the eligibility criteria for an O-1 visa, the petition must satisfy the following requirements: 

☞ U.S.-based agent or employer requirement:

The O-1 visa is an employment-based non-immigrant visa. In other words, the visa petition must be filed by a U.S. employer or agent sponsoring a foreign national with extraordinary ability to work in the United States. That being said, the employer or agent will act as the petitioner and file Form I-129, Petition for a Non-immigrant Worker. Generally speaking, a non-U.S. employer or agent may also sponsor an O-1 visa petition, but must use a U.S. agent to file the petition.

☞ An employment arrangement must exist between the employer and the foreign national:

Individuals seeking an O-1 Visa must provide evidence of an employment agreement that specifies the services expected from the foreign national with extraordinary ability. Alternatively, USCIS may accept a detailed summary of the terms of an oral agreement or a detailed explanation of the job itself. Therefore, a detailed summary of the terms of a verbal contract, or a detailed description of the job can satisfy this requirement. 

☞ Extraordinary ability requirement:

Lastly, the beneficiary must demonstrate “extraordinary ability” in their respective field. 

USCIS and AAO precedents support the following standards for finding extraordinary ability:

Field Standards
Sciences, Education, Business, or Athletics A level of expertise indicating that the person is one of the small percentages who has risen to the very top of the field of endeavor.
Arts A distinction as a renowned, leading, or well-known person in arts.
Motion Picture or Television Industry A national or international recognition as an outstanding, notable, or leading person.

Why Choose ImmigrateFast.Law for Your O-1 Visa Process?

Our team at ImmigrateFast.Law is committed to providing prompt and proficient assistance to businesses and non-immigrants with extraordinary ability around the world. For more information, visit our in-depth breakdown of O-1 visa process

1 - First meeting with the client to find out if they qualify

A realistic assessment by qualified O-1 visa lawyer can help prevent unfavorable outcomes and reduce delays caused by improperly or incompletely prepared petitions. Therefore, we offer in-depth consultations to ensure your eligibility and increase the chances of your success. 

2 - Consultation Letter (written advisory opinion)

As part of the O-1 visa petition, the beneficiary must submit a consultation letter. Typically, this document includes a written advisory opinion either from a peer group in the beneficiary’s field of expertise or from a person chosen by the peer group who possesses expertise in the relevant area. Labor organizations may also provide an advisory opinion. 

In certain situations, USCIS might waive the consultation requirement. A waiver for the written advisory opinion in the O-1 visa application process may be granted under specific circumstances, primarily when an appropriate consulting entity, such as a peer group or labor organization, does not exist. Contact us to discuss if your profession qualifies for a waiver of the written advisory opinion requirement.

3 - Getting the forms ready and putting together the complete visa petition

After determining your eligibility, our O-1 visa lawyers will complete your forms and gather the necessary supporting documents. We will also help you prepare supporting letters and obtain legal documents if required. Our O-1 visa lawyers will provide non-immigrants with extraordinary ability with the needed templates and sample documents.

4 - Visa petition submission with USCIS

We will prepare a complete and robust visa petition and file it with the appropriate office on your behalf. Once the petition is delivered to USCIS, a receipt notice will be issued to notify the parties that the petition is under review.

5 - Request for additional evidence (RFE)

While reviewing the petition, USCIS officers may issue a Request for Additional Evidence (RFE) if there is any insufficiency with your petition. Our office rarely receives a request for further evidence as our attorneys always ensure to include all the supporting documents you need for a solid and complete petition.

6 - Notice of decision

Once all the necessary steps have been completed, USCIS will thoroughly review your petition and then issue the decision notice. This  formal notice outlines the final decision regarding your O-1 visa petition. Our team will work closely with you throughout the process to ensure that your petition is solid and complete, leaving no room for unnecessary delays or issues.

7 - Consular Processing or Adjustment of Status

If you are inside the United States at the time of filing and approval of your petition, you will automatically become an O-1 non-immigrant worker and can stay inside the US for the duration of the authorized stay mentioned on the approval notice. If you are not in the United States, you need to request a visa from a consulate. This means filling out Form DS-160 and attending your O-1 visa interview. If the consulate post officer thinks you are eligible, you’ll get an O-1 visa and can come to the United States as a non-immigrant worker.

Client Testimonials

ARMANDO A. L. Acosta
ARMANDO A. L. Acosta
Read More
thank you so much Ali Hassanzadeh for all your help in my immigration case and helping me become an U.S citizen. Highly Recommended very knowledgeable, professional and friendly. Ali guided me through all my process from Political Asylum application to obtain a green card and until I got my U.S naturalization certificate he was always there, Ali was supportive and patient and answered all questions I had and gave great advice when I need it Ali went above and beyond! Thank you!
Mayra Hernandez
Mayra Hernandez
Read More
I’m very grateful with Ali Hassanzadeh he helped me with my immigration status, he made it easy to communicate with him and he responded to all my emails and concerns I definitely recommend
Vannesa Vazquez
Vannesa Vazquez
Read More
Great firm!!! They did everything to help me with my situation. Mr. Ali Hassanzadeh would answer all my emails right away and answer every question. I have been with this firm for about 10 years now and they never fail to give me the best service.
RandyandGhaleb Al-Gobi
RandyandGhaleb Al-Gobi
Read More
the new attorney (Ali Hassanzadeh) took on the process for my application very smoothly, and followed up properly. He gave a massive effort answering my question and following up with the process. I did not have any issues with him following up taking on the process by himself. He also did a very great job preparing me for the interview for the interview!
Xavier Salinas
Xavier Salinas
Read More
Did excellent work and got me exactly what I needed and was always able to get in contact with them!!! Can't say thank you enough!
Biobele Gogo-Peters
Biobele Gogo-Peters
Read More
My Attorney was Ali and he was the best. He worked with me in very difficult immigration situations and was able to still my case run smooth 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

Get in Touch with Our Attorneys

+1 (714) 576-4874