Even though an O-1 Visa is a non-immigrant classification, it can provide foreign nationals with various benefits. For example, a non-immigrant can be in the O-1 status for an unlimited number of years. The O-1 Visa is a very useful visa for physicians who have reached the maximum time on an H-1B Visa without securing permanent residency. If you are a physician that is interested in filing for an O-1 Visa call us today to see if you meet the requirements.
Much fewer O-1 visas are issued each year when compared to H-1B visas. Studies show that in 2009, only 9,368 O-1 visas were issued, as opposed to 110,367 H-1B visas. This gives a greater advantage to those filing for the O-1 Visa.
Spouses and dependents of the O-1 foreign national may enter under the O-3 classification. They can remain in the United States for the same length of time as the O-1 individual. However, this O-3 classification does not contain an employment authorization.