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О-1 visa is a working nonimmigrant visa for individuals with extraordinary abilities and outstanding achievements in science, arts, sport, business and education.

Benefits of O-1 visa
▶️no quotas;
▶️93-96% approval rate;
▶️a work permit for 3 years;
▶️switch companies (employers) easily;
▶️high compensation;
▶️unlimited extension and an easy application process to the Green Card;
premium processing: get approval in 15 days.

  1. No visa lottery that the employee needs to go through. Unlike cap-subject H1B, an O-1 petition does not have a lottery restriction, even for private companies.
  2. There is no wage requirement for O-1. Unlike H1B which has a prevailing wage requirement, O-1 is not subject to the same requirement. However, the salary that is being offered should be appropriate for a position of O-1 caliber.
  3. Premium processing is always available for O-1.

There are 8 criteria in total, and to apply for an O-1 visa, you need to meet at least 3 of them.

First of all, you need to collect all the necessary information.
Choose the state and city to live in.
You need to study all the information: read about the pros and cons of living in the USA and analyze salary levels, rental prices, etc.
There are more than enough actual sources now: forums, YouTube blogs, articles.
Next, it is important to decide what kind of visa you need.
For example, it can be a work visa.
To get it, you need to go through an interview and get a job offer.
Of course, it requires good knowledge of the English language.
You will need good English in any case, no matter which visa you have for relocation.
Remember, you will not only have to work but also communicate with the sellers in the store, rent an apartment, use banking services, etc.
That’s why start learning English right now.

The better English is, the better chances are. But first of all, it all depends on the specialization. For example, fluency in English is not so important for an engineer as for a manager.
Anyway, you need good English and you still have time to improve your English while working on your visa!

Your degree makes no difference for the O-1 VISA. You do not need to have a college degree because the O-1 visa is not based on education. The only things that count are your professional accomplishments.

On average, your chances are 95-96%.

$460 — official petition fee (usually 2.5-4 months).
$2,500 — official petition fee (expedited in 15 days).

You can apply for an O-1 visa at any time of the year.

First of all, it depends on you, i.e., on how fast you collect and submit the documentation. On average, the process takes 6 – 9 months.
The entire O-1 visa process can take up to 1 year.

The O-1 visa has no quotas, which is one of its many advantages.

Yes, you can. You do not have to stay in the U.S. on your O-1 visa. You can spend as much time in America as you want without threatening to lose your status.

You can get a statement from your bank showing your card account activity. That will prove your income.
Do not forget that the criterion of “salary” is quite relative. For example, if you are a model, and usually in your country for this work, they pay $20 an hour, and you were paid $100, then this is a strong argument in your favor. You need to be paid higher than the national labor market average (in your field, of course). If that’s the case, you will get a “salary” grade.

The O-1 visa is issued for 3 years, and then it can be prolonged. If you have not broken any U.S. laws, you can apply for a status change, such as EB1 (Green Card), after no more than 3 months.

It does not affect the O-1 visa. This is essentially an economic screening program. You have to prove you have a reason to live and work in the U.S. With a tourist visa, you have to prove that you will leave again after the trip.

We work with ISA agreement. Therefore, our service is free to start, without worrying about any upfront fee payment. You will pay only after relocation and 1st salary in the USA.

You don’t pay upfront, BUT it’s not a LOAN. You pay after your relocation to the USA, after you land a job. (after you start working). You will pay us back with a percentage of your income.

Payback time is 48 months (4 years).

It depends on your salary. From 9% to 17%.

Давайте рассмотрим цены. Стоимость аренды однокомнатной 🏢квартиры в месяц составляет $1500-2000. Обратите внимание, что при оплате жилья за первый месяц, у вас возьмут страховой 💵депозит, сумма которого в среднем составляет 50% от ежемесячного платежа.

Что касается 🧾коммунальных услуг, то это около $200-250 в месяц. Важно: почти все квартиры в США сдаются без мебели и посуды. Отдельно закладывайте бюджет и на это. Сумма, конечно же, зависит от ваших предпочтений. Если 🛍закупаться вы будете, к примеру, в ИКЕА, то планируйте бюджет +/- $1000.

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Обязательно при переезде оформите себе 📋страховку. В среднем на двоих она обойдется в $200 – 300 в месяц.