Only 85,000 people are granted H-1B visas yearly in the United States, creating a highly competitive and challenging process for foreign nationals seeking employment there. However, there is an alternative solution that many are not aware of – the O-1 visa.
Unlike the H-1B visa, there is no limit to the number of people who can qualify for O-1 status annually. This article will explore the benefits of the O-1 visa and how it could be the perfect solution for those denied an H-1B status.
What is an O-1 Visa?
The O-1 visa is designed for individuals at the top of their field and coming to the U.S. to pursue further work in that field. This visa is not limited to specific industries. For example, it can be granted to people with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, and athletics or who have a record of exceptional achievement and recognition in the motion picture or television industry.
What are the Requirements?
To qualify for an O-1 visa, a person must demonstrate they are prominent in their field by providing evidence of receiving a major internationally recognized award or prove their eligibility through having significant achievements on their resume. Other factors that can make an applicant more attractive include having earned national recognition, holding membership in associations that require outstanding achievements, publishing material, contributing original scientific, scholarly, or business of significant significance in the field, being employed in an essential capacity for reputable organizations, and earning a high salary.
What are the Benefits?
One of the most significant benefits of the O-1 visa is that a person does not need to maintain a foreign residence or show the intent of returning to their home country. Additionally, a petitioner can initially be granted an O-1 visa for up to three years and renew the passport indefinitely, unlike the H-1B visa. Dependents of O-1 visa holders can also be given access, allowing them to stay in the country with their families.
If you’re considering the O-1 visa as an alternative to the H-1B visa, D’Alessio Law is here to help.
Our immigration attorneys can guide you through the process and help you understand your visa options. Contact us today for more information and to schedule a consultation.