Education & Research
- Film Industry Professionals
- Music Industry
- Creatives & Writers
- Social Media Influencers
- Business & Entrepreneurship
- Education & Research
- Performance Arts & Culinary Arts
- Congressional Inquiry Assistance
- Administrative Processing
- Central Withholding Agreement
- Minimalist Theory for O-1A and
- EB-1A (Green Card)
Schedule a Consultation
Visas for Educators & Researchers in Charlotte
Serving Clients Nationwide
Have you devoted your time, energy, and resources into education or research? The next destination of your endeavor may be the United States. If you have extraordinary abilities as an educator or researcher, you may qualify for an O-1A visa, which is a 3-year renewable visa reserved for certain individuals in the fields of science, education, business, or athletics. While this is a broad set of industries, obtaining an O-1 visa requires diligent preparation, substantial documentation, and an in-depth understanding of what USCIS needs to see before approving an application.
At Oakhurst Legal Group, we have extensive experience helping foreign educators and researchers obtain legal status in the United State. Our Charlotte educator visa attorneys can guide you through the application process, help you avoid common pitfalls, and present your case in the best possible lighting.
How to Qualify for an O-1A Visa
To qualify for an O-1A visa, you not only have to possess extraordinary abilities—you must demonstrate those abilities within your application. Proof generally involves sustained national or international recognition or achievement. Essentially, you must convince USCIS that you are a leader in your field, and your expertise surpasses that of most of your peers. Additionally, you must be visiting the U.S. solely to work in the field of your aforementioned abilities.
USCIS specifically looks for at least 3 of the following qualifications:
If you have received a Nobel Prize or similarly recognized award, you do not need to meet the above qualifications. USCIS also allows you to submit alternative evidence if the above factors do not readily apply to your field.
If you qualify for the O-1A visa, we can also help you obtain legal status for your family members through the O-3 visa category.