O-1A & O-1B As Immigration Alternatives

By Oakhurst Legal Group

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Employment-Based Visa Alternatives to H-1B and L-1 Visa Programs

Are you thinking about immigrating to the United States on an employment visa? Before doing so, it’s important to weigh all of your options to ensure you are applying for the most appropriate visa with the help of a skilled and knowledgeable Immigration Attorney. At Oakhurst Immigration we pride ourselves on our ability to think out of the box in order to come up with unique strategies to ensure a favorable outcome.

In this blog, we’d like to review a few of the options that exist as alternatives to the H-1B and L-1 Visa Programs which have been recently banned by the Trump administration. O-1A and O-1B visas are great employment-based visas that can be used as alternatives in your path to the United States.

Advantages of the O-1 Program:

  • Cost: Filing Fees are $460 for regular processing and $1440 for Premium Processing
  • Nonimmigrant Status: Freely travel in and out of the United States with flexible work authorization
  • Quick Processing: Can obtain a visa within 1-2 months
  • Family Benefits: Spouse can obtain a work permit and children receive derivative benefits as well

Advantages of Applying for an O-1 Visa:

O visas can last for several years and survive changes in teams and leagues. The athlete can safely travel in and out of the country and there are options available for immediate family members.

There are some benefits that exist specifically for Real Estate Investors:

  • Transactional: It is easier for investors to obtain U.S. financing for projects
  • Teaming Up: A great way to get the world’s best talent to come to the United States even with a ban
  • Flexibility: A O-1 visa holder can work for multiple employers and contracts on the same visa
  • Protected: This visa category is likely to be protected from subsequent immigration bans
  • Exclusive: O-1 visas are much more difficult to obtain than H-1B having O-1 visa support can be a competitive advantage
  • Durable: O-1 visas are an excellent start towards an EB-1A self-petition green card process

How do you know if you qualify for and O-1A Visa?:

  1. Sustained national or international acclaim
  2. Membership in a prestigious organization
  3. Original Contributions
  4. Publications
  5. Significant awards
  6. Judging the work of others
  7. Remuneration

If you’re interested in applying for the O visa program contact us today to learn more!