Who Is a Good Candidate for an O-1 Visa?

By Oakhurst Legal Group

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Oakhurst Immigration Law is a Charlotte-based law firm that specializes in finding solutions for foreign nationals with the O visa category. O-1 visas are reserved for foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the arts, athletics, sciences, education, and business. Over the next few years, we will work to find out more fields of endeavors for extraordinary foreign nationals to obtain O-1 visas. The international workforce benefits greatly from the flexibility and quickness of obtaining visas in the O category, which does have many of the limitations and complications that come with the H-1B visa program.

Our clients trust us to provide the support necessary to prove the unique eligibility requirement for both the O-1A and O-1B visa. For outstanding service to our clients, we provide the following services via our sports and entertainment immigration group:

• O-1A – Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in athletics, education, business, and science. This visa has a higher standard of eligibility than the O-1B category.

• O-1B – Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in motion pictures, television, and the arts.

Motion picture and television professionals include not only actors but also cinematographers, writers, directors, and other essential personnel. For motion pictures and television-based O-1B petitions, the beneficiary must already have a history of extraordinary achievement and proof of a degree of skill that is outstanding, leading, and or notable compared to their peers.

Arts include visual artists, musicians, virtual artists, dancers, sound engineers, stylists, art directors, and other creative professionals. O-1B visas applicants in the arts must prove the distinction of having skills substantially above what is typically encountered in their field. In addition, the applicant must be considered renowned, well-known, or leading in their industry.

• O-2 visas are appropriate for essential support personnel of O-1A and O-1B visa holders.

• O-3 visas are available for the spouse and children of O-1 and O-2 visa holders.

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