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Top Myths O-1 Visa

The O-1 Visa helps individuals with special talents and achievements work in the U.S. without having to go through the complex procedures of other work visas that the USCIS offers. However, despite the excellent support documents offered by the USCIS on its website with regards to the O-1 Visa, there are a number of O-1 Visa misconceptions that still persist. This article will dispel some of the myths surrounding the O-1 Visa.

Myth #1 – You need to be world famous to get an O-1 Visa

Being famous isn’t a prerequisite for the O-1 Visa. You need proof that you have excelled in your field, and this needs to be backed by press reviews and articles in TV programs, newspapers, magazines, web sites, etc. However, since there is no set standard for what qualifies as “adequate press,” you should ideally take assistance from a qualified O-1 Visa agent to check if you have enough material for a case.

Myth #2 – You need to win an internationally coveted award to get an O-1 Visa

An internationally recognized award certainly does wonders to your O-1 Visa application, but again, it is not mandatory. In order to qualify for the visa, you must be able to prove excellence in your field and this needs to be backed by press reviews and/or articles in TV programs, newspapers, magazines, websites, etc.

Myth # 3 –  You can sponsor your own O-1 Visa

Many people believe that it is possible to sponsor their own O-1 Visas. However, in order to apply for an O-1 Visa, you must be sponsored by a U.S. company or a U.S. agent. If you get an employer to sponsor you, your visa is only valid as long as you work with that particular employer.

Acquiring the appropriate materials to prove your eligibility and obtaining sponsorship from a U.S. company or immigration agent can be a seemingly insurmountable task. Because there is still a significant amount of confusion surrounding the best way to apply and successfully obtain this type of Visa, it is always in an applicant’s best interest to partner with a Visa company as they begin this process. Creative Artist International is an agency that can help. Contact us today at info@visasforcreativeartist.com or by accessing the “Contact Us” tab on our website.