The O-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa that enables an individual to stay in the US temporarily. It is given to persons with extraordinary ability in science, art, education, business, movies, or television. To be eligible for an O-1 visa, the individual should have received recognitions for their achievements in any of these fields on a national or international level. There are two types of O-1 visa, the O-1A visa (for persons with extraordinary ability in science, education, business and athletics and O-1B visa (for persons with extraordinary ability in arts and extraordinary achievement in motion picture and television).
To apply for an O-1 visa, the petitioner or sponsor must submit Form I-129 (Petition for non-immigrant worker) to the USCIS. The O-1 visa recipients can bring individuals to assist them with an O-2 visa, as well as the spouse and children with an O-3 visa. The O-1 visa is valid for an initial period of 3 years and is extendable for increments of 1 year.
Note: This is not a legal advice.
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