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Annandale O-1 Visa Attorneys
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Individuals who can demonstrate extraordinary ability in certain fields, including the arts, sciences, athletics, business, or education, may qualify for the O-1 visa. This popular non-immigrant visa allows recipients to work for a sponsoring employer in the United States on a potentially indefinite basis.
At Johnson & Masumi, we offer personalized immigration services to clients from a wide variety of backgrounds. Our team has decades of combined legal experience and is not afraid to take on complex immigration cases. Our Annandale O-1 visa lawyer can assess whether you are likely to meet this visa’s strict eligibility requirements. If we determine you qualify, we will work with you and your sponsoring employer to facilitate the application process as efficiently as possible.
Meeting the eligibility requirements for the O-1 visa is not always straightforward. An applicant must establish they have “extraordinary ability” in the arts, sciences, athletics, business, or education. Simply possessing what is perceived to be extraordinary ability will not be enough: To prove the extent of their ability, an applicant must present evidence that they received sufficient national or international acclaim for their achievements.
There are some international awards and achievements that are in many cases inherently considered “extraordinary.” An athlete that wins an Olympic medal or a filmmaker that wins an Academy Award, for example, can both easily argue they have extraordinary ability in their fields. If an applicant does not have an internationally recognized, self-proving achievement, they will instead need to provide evidence of sustained national acclaim.
If you are looking to obtain an O-1A visa for extraordinary achievements in business, education, science, or athletics, you must have accomplished at least three of the following:
- Received a high salary or other forms of compensation for their services
- Served as a judge and evaluated others’ work in your field
- Served in an essential role for a prestigious and recognized employer in your field
- Authored pieces in reputed journals or other forms of major media
- Been the subject of published work in your field
- Made a contribution of major significance to your field
- Secured membership in a professional group that requires significant achievements in your field as a condition of admission
- Obtained a prestigious and recognized award for excellence in your field
If you are seeking an O-1B visa as an artist of extraordinary ability, you must have accomplished at least three of the following:
- Received a high salary or other forms of compensation for your work or services
- Performed or will perform in a lead capacity for a prestigious production or organization
- Attained recognition in major media publications
- Established a record of commercial or critical success
- Secured recognition and recommendations from relevant organizations, critics, and/or experts in your specific field
Whether someone is eligible for the O-1 visa may ultimately come down to the discretion of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer reviewing their application. In these instances, the amount of supporting evidence and documentation could make the difference in whether the request is accepted or denied. Our Annandale O-1 visa attorney will help you prepare your application and work to put you in the best possible position.
Mariam is a caring lawyer, she was able to handle my case with professionalism despite the short deadline to reply back to USCIS. She is really confident about her job and will take extra steps to make sure things go as planned.- S.S.
I am now a free man and will get my Green Card back soon. None of this would have been possible without Mariam and her firm. Words can't describe how grateful I am to her and if you're reading this look no further!- Aimal M.
The diligence of Mariam, making sure we had everything that could possibly be needed even when sometimes I felt it was too much. The team definitely kept me having hope but always kept things realistic and gave me realistic expectations.- Oshoke E.
Mariam Masumi helped my wife get her case approved and I am thankful for her hard work. She is a very knowledgeable and experienced lawyer.- Ali R.
After working with them for less than 6 months, I received approvals for my employment authorization, waiver of inadmissibility, and finally my permanent resident card.- Marie A.
Benefits of the O-1 Visa
Though the O-1 visa is technically a temporary, non-immigrant visa, one of its key advantages is that it can potentially facilitate an indefinite working relationship in the United States. The O-1 visa is initially valid for three years but can be renewed in one-year increments indefinitely. In other words, so long as you continue to work for your sponsoring employer, you can remain in the United States for an unlimited amount of time.
Support teams of O-1 visa recipients can travel to the United States after obtaining O-2 visas. To qualify for the O-2 visa, a support staff member must demonstrate that their presence in the U.S. is necessary because they either will help the O-1 visa holder complete their work or provide specialized knowledge or skills that will otherwise not be available.
Spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 are generally permitted to accompany O-1 visa recipients to the United States via the O-3 visa. However, they are not eligible for work authorizations.
There is no limit to the number of O-1 visas that can be issued each year. Applications also tend to be processed more quickly than other types of work visas.
Whether you are an accomplished athlete looking to compete in a U.S.-based competition or an esteemed actor scheduled to star in a new television series, our Annandale O-1 visa lawyers can provide you with knowledgeable and personalized guidance. Our team at Johnson & Masumi has served thousands of clients and is familiar with how O visa applications are adjudicated. We will help you and your sponsoring employer prepare all necessary documentation and represent you in all communications with the USCIS. Our goal is to help you access the benefits you need as efficiently as possible, and we will explore all available immigration solutions that can help you accomplish your goals.
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