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O Visas

O Visa expert lawyers at Wildes & Weinberg P.C. provide professional assistance and guidance to meet the needs of individuals in the process of receiving O visas from the immigration authorities. In its most general terms, the O visa is an employment-based, non-immigrant visa classification that may be issued to people with “extraordinary ability” who have demonstrated “sustained national or international acclaim and recognition for achievements in the field of expertise.”

The O visa can be sought out by anyone with a background in science, education, business, athletics, or arts. In other words, talented individuals like singers, musicians, entertainers, actors, artists, models, researchers, scientists, executives, business professionals, athletes, influencers, content creators, scholars, chefs, tattoo artists, etc. are a few examples to whom O-1 visas may be issued.

In order to apply for an O visa, a petition must be filed with the immigration service, either by a U.S. employer for ongoing employment, or by a U.S. agent for a defined series of engagements supported by a contract or contracts, and an itinerary stating where and when the individual of extraordinary ability performs or will perform their services. Advisory consultation with a labor union, management organization, or other peer group is also a required part of the petition. Short of a major, widely recognized international award, at least three types of evidence must be provided, and will depend on whether the individual is seeking an O-1A or an O-1B visa. The maximum period of initial admission permitted is three years, which may be renewed or extended thereafter, and there is no fixed limit on the total length of stay. O-1 visa status will only be granted for the amount of time necessary to fulfill the itinerary.

Some of our clients who have we received O-1 visas for include:

  • Musicians
  • Artists
  • Chefs/Culinary Experts
  • Athletes
  • Influencers
  • Actors/Actresses
  • Content Creators/Streamers
  • Researches
  • Entertainers
  • Scholars
  • Scientists
  • Executives/Business Professionals
  • Tattoo Artists
  • Models
  • Security Specialists/Experts
  • Cybersecurity Affiliates
  • Blockchain Professionals
  • Economists
  • Fine Artists
  • Singers/Vocalists
  • Conductors
  • Composers
  • Pianists
  • Dancers
  • Choreographers
  • Managers/Agents
  • Social Impact Strategists
  • Jewelers
  • Cinematographers
  • Photographers
  • Writers/Authors/Novelists
  • Fund Managers
  • DJs/Music Producers
  • Film Producers
  • Architectural Designers
  • Fashion Designers
  • Songwriters
  • Gamers/Esports Athletes
  • Mining and metal Specialists
  • Health/Fitness Instructors
  • Ballerinas/Ballet Dancers
  • Drummers/Guitarists/Bassist
  • Lecturers
  • Consultants
  • Manicurists/Hair Stylists
  • Editors
  • Coaches
  • Comedians
  • Video Game Designers
  • Performers
  • Pattern Makers/Drapers
  • Painters
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Holistic Movement Specialists
  • Stunt Directors/Stunt Actors
  • And more!

Our firm also handles many O-2 visa applications, which may be issued to individuals entering for the purpose of assisting the performance of an individual of extraordinary ability, who must establish that they are an integral part of the performance because of critical skills or longstanding relationship with the principal performing noncitizen. An O-2 is not authorized to work independent of the O-1 principal, and will be admitted for the same length of time as the principal.

If you have any questions related to O visas, we are there to help you in every possible manner. We have a team of qualified, experienced, and the best O visa immigration attorneys to help you ease out the stress. For any guidance and information related to O-1 visas, please contact Managing Partner Michael Wildes at