What are O-1, O-2, and O-3 Visas?

The O-1 nonimmigrant visa was developed for individuals that boast extraordinary ability in education, sciences, arts, business, or athletics. Included in the O-visa classes are also those who have a demonstrated record of exceptional achievement in the motion picture or television industry and have been recognized nationally or internationally for their work.

The O nonimmigrant classification is commonly referred to as:

  • O-1A: individuals with great, proven capabilities in athletics, business, education, sciences (not including the aforementioned arts, motion pictures or television industry)
  • O-1B: applications with a remarkable ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in the television or motion picture industry
  • O-2: this designation was designed for individuals who will accompany an O-1, artist or athlete, to assist in a specific event or performance.  For an O-1A, the O-2’s assistance must be an “integral part” of the O-1A’s activity. For an O-1B, the O-2’s assistance must be “essential” to the completion of the O-1B’s production. 
  • O-3: people who are the spouse or children of O-1 and O-2 visa holders.

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