Richmond O Visas
If you have extraordinary abilities and outstanding achievements, you might qualify to come to the United States under an O visa. This nonimmigrant visa allows you to live and work in the country while completing an activity or event. For example, if you are an award-winning director with international acclaim, you can apply for an O visa to direct a movie in the United States. O visas are also open to people who excel in the sciences, business, education, and athletics.
A Richmond O visa attorney can help you with your application and supporting documentation. Contact Fayad Law for more information.
O Visa Classifications
There are four classifications of O visas. A Richmond O visa lawyer can help you get an:
- O-1A visa for people with extraordinary abilities in education, business, science, or athletics
- O-1B visa for people with exceptional achievements in the television/film industry or extraordinary abilities in the arts
- O-2 visa for people who will accompany an O-1 athlete or artist as assistants
- O-3 visa for minor children and spouses of O-1 or O-2 visa recipients
A Richmond O visa lawyer can help individuals and families apply for the visa necessary to come to the United States.
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O-1 Visa Application Process
There are numerous steps involved in applying for an O-1 visa. First, the agent or employer must file form I-129. The agent or employer cannot submit this more than a year before the activity or event. Also, the application must include documentation that demonstrates the beneficiary’s area of expertise. This can be in the form of a written advisory opinion provided by a peer group or individual. If such an individual or peer group does not exist, other documentation must be provided.
The applicant also needs to include a contract between the petitioner and the beneficiary and an itinerary of the activity or event. Your Richmond O visa lawyer will help you gather all the documentation and fill out the application.
Timeline For An O Visa
Once your O visa attorney prepares your application and documentation, he or she will submit it. Then, it can take up to six months to process the visa. If you need your visa faster than that, you can choose premium processing. With this option, the USCIS will review Form I-129 within 15 days.
At the end of the processing period, the USCIS will issue a decision or ask for more information. You are less likely to have to supply additional documentation if you have a Richmond O visa attorney. An experienced attorney knows how to prepare applications that provide all relevant and necessary information, expediting the process.
Employer sponsorship is required for obtaining an O visa. A U.S. agent or employer must file a visa application to start the process. You are tied to that agent or employer throughout the duration of the visa. That means that you cannot work for anyone else while you are in the United States. If you would like to have other career opportunities, your Richmond O visa attorney can help you explore getting a green card. With a green card, you will have immigrant instead of nonimmigrant status in the United States.
Duration Of Stay In The United States
O visas are granted to allow recipients to complete a specific activity. Thus, the duration of the visa is set to expire after the event or activity is completed. The initial visa can be granted for up to three years. If the event or activity is not yet completed, you can file for an extension. Extensions are granted by the year. Your Richmond O visa attorney can help you extend your stay if you need more time to complete the event or activity.
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FAQs - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
There are dozens of different types of visas available under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), but they can all be placed in one of two categories: immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. The former is for individuals who are hoping to establish permanent residency with a green card and perhaps even to pursue the path to naturalization and citizenship. The latter is for those who are only planning a temporary visit to the United States, such as for the purpose of conducting business or attending school.
The INA sets limits on the number of people who will be permitted to immigrate to the United States each year using certain types of visas, while other visas are unlimited. Family immigration visas for the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are available on an unlimited basis, while there are annual quotas set for the relatives of lawful permanent residents and extended family of citizens, with a maximum quota of 480,000. The number of employment immigration visas is limited to 140,000 per year.
Pathways to citizenship include service in the United States military and adoption, but a large percentage of all people who become citizens do so through the process of naturalization. The basic qualifications for naturalization include:
- Living in the U.S. as a permanent resident for 5 years (or 3 years for a spouse of a U.S. citizen)
- Being at least 18 years of age
- Living within the state where you will apply for citizenship for at least 3 months prior to the application date
- Being physically present in this country for at least half of the past 5 years
- Maintaining continuous residence in this country from the date you submit your application for naturalization
- Being able to read, write and speak English
- Have a basic understanding of U.S. government and civics
It is also necessary to supply evidence that you are a person of good moral character and are attached to the principles of the U.S. Constitution. We can assist you with proving these factors, as well as preparing your petition and helping you get ready for the tests.
In June of 2012, the Obama Administration directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to begin applying a policy that is referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Under deferred action, DHS is exercising discretion in its execution of the laws concerning deportation and removal of immigrants who are illegally present in the United States. Deferred action is not a change to the existing law, but is instead a change in the way that the law is being applied. You may qualify for relief under DACA if you were younger than 31 years of age on June 15, 2012, came to the U.S. before your 16th birthday, have continuously resided in this country since June 15, 2007 and are either currently in school or have already graduated from high school or earned your general education development (GED) certificate, among other criteria. With deferred action, you may be able to avoid being deported, though it does not grant any change of immigration status.
In its review of immigrant visa petitions, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) weighs factors related to the ties that the prospective immigrant has in the United States and the reasons why he or she wants or needs to come to live in this country. For example, a family immigration petition will not be approved unless the foreign national has immediate relatives such as a spouse, mother or father, child or sibling already living here as a citizen or green card holder. An employment immigration petition is more likely to receive approval if the applicant has a job offer in this country and is coming to fill a position that cannot reasonably be filled from the local labor market. A foreign national who is fleeing persecution in his or her home country may be granted an immigrant visa as a refugee or asylee.
There are many strategies for challenging a removal action. If the proposed deportation is based on a criminal conviction, it may be possible to appeal the conviction in order to have it overturned. Another option is to petition for cancellation of removal, a type of immigration relief which is available to people who are of good moral character and whose deportation would subject a family member who is a citizen or permanent resident to extreme hardship. The key to success in stopping deportation is to take immediate action by hiring a Virginia immigration attorney from our firm as soon as possible. Contact us now at Fayad Law, P.C. for a confidential consultation and to let us get started on your case!
Fayad Law, P.C. maintains offices in Richmond and Fairfax, Virginia. We work with individuals, families, and businesses across the world, providing them with assistance in resolving the legal issues involved with helping their loved ones and employees to immigrate to the United States. We work directly with foreign nationals living abroad, guiding them through the process of obtaining immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for entry to the U.S.