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US Immigration O-1 Visa (Extraordinary Ability)
Requirements & Top 8 Questions Answered

The immigration attorney at Freedom Immigration answers the top 8 questions regarding the Extraordinary Ability O-1 Visa for USA immigration. The O1 Visa is a non-immigrant visa for gifted people who have a special ability of some kind. Specifically in the Sciences Arts, Education, Business or athletics, or who have a record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry.

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In this video an immigration lawyer answers the following questions on the O-1 Visa:

– What is the O1 Visa?
– What are the benefits of an O1 Visa?
– What are the O1 Visa requirements?
– What documents are needed to apply for an O-1 Visa?
– How hard is it to get an O1 Visa?
– How to go from an O1 Visa to Green Card?
– How long does the O-1 Visa take?
– Can I bring my family to USA with O1 Visa?


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O-1 visa extraordinary ability


Carlos: If you are a foreigner with an extraordinary ability, the US immigration system has a great solution for you. That’s what we’re going to talk about in this video. Hello from Freedom Group. We are a group of four companies where we provide tax and accounting services, real estate strategies, immigration services, insurance and financial planning. In this channel, we provide strategies so you can achieve your financial goals. If that’s a topic you like, please subscribe to our channel. 

So, in this video, we’re going to talk about the eight most common questions that we get on the O-1 visa. And to do that, I’m going to bring our immigration attorney Mr. Roberto Montalvo. How are you Roberto? 

Roberto: I’m good. Carlos, how are you?   

Carlos: Good. Good. Roberto is our immigration attorney here at Freedom Immigration. And he’s going to answer the top eight questions concerning the O-1 visa for the U.S. immigration process. So, Roberto, what is the O-1 visa? 

Roberto: The O-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa that is specifically designed for gifted people and or athletes that have a special ability in the sciences, the arts, business, athletics, motion picture education or the television industry. 

Carlos: Okay, so and then what are the benefits of the O-1 visa compared to other immigration visas? 

Roberto: You get the ability to work in the US, you also, once approved, you get the status for three years, and then you can file one-year extensions without a cap on them. You can bring your family with you, it’s also eligible for premium processing that way you can do the process a little faster, and there’s no annual visa limits put in by the U.S. government.   

Carlos: Okay, so what are their requirements for the O-1 visa? 

Roberto: Well, the main one is you have to prove you have an extraordinary ability, you must have national or international acclaim, you must be sustained, you must work in the field of your extraordinary abilities. Like even if you’re like a very exceptional scientist, you can’t then just start your own business in a different field.   

Carlos: Okay. 

Roberto: Your employment must qualify as an event. And the petition must be made by a US employer or agent, you cannot petition yourself. And you must also have an advisory opinion by a peer group in the U.S.   

Carlos: Okay. And then what are the documents that are needed to process the O-1 visa with the Immigration Department? 

Roberto: The basic ones you need a copy of your passport, you need resume evidence of extraordinary abilities like publications, awards, you need the advisory opinion from the peer group, any letters of recommendation, you need an employment contract, and to explain the specific work that you do, or are going to do in the U.S. 

Carlos: Okay, and is getting an O-1 visa hard to get or is it an easy process? 

Roberto: The standards for an extraordinary ability are really high. But if a person does possess these extraordinary abilities, then it would be a lot easier to obtain this type of visa. 

Carlos: Okay. And then one of the most common questions we get on the O-1 visa is if I get the O-1 visa, can I get a green card? 

Roberto: You can get a green card through the O-1 visa. But once you’re in the U.S, you can then adjust status if you have another way of adjusting. Let’s say like if you’re married to a U.S. citizen, you can then adjust your status to a green card holder based on the marriage, not the visa. 

Carlos: Okay. And how long does the O-1 visa process take? 

Roberto: With COVID nowadays it is really hard to calculate specifically. If you’re in the U.S, it’ll be a lot faster because if you do premium processing, again, if you’re in the U.S. legally you do premium processing you get a response within 15 days. If you’re outside the U.S. once your petition is approved, you have to wait to schedule the interview with the embassy. That’s what takes the longest time and it’s very unpredictable. 

Carlos: Okay. And then the most common question that we get concerning the O-1 visa is with my O-1 visa, can these people bring their family members over to the U.S? 

Roberto: Well on your O-1 visa, your spouse and your unmarried children can come to the U.S. under what’s called an O-3. Okay, but your children can go to school but your spouse nor your children can work here- they cannot. 

Carlos: Okay, so now you know these are the top questions concerning the O-1 visa. Roberto, if someone wants an O-1 visa what do they need to do? 

Roberto: Call Freedom Immigration at 407-910-4770. 

Carlos: All right, and then we are going to put the link to the website for Freedom Immigration in the description of this video. The website is, you can go there to find more information on freedom immigration. Also remember that we are part of the Freedom Group where we have an accounting firm, tax services, we have real estate, we have immigration, we have insurance and financial planning, so we can help you in many ways. 

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