The O1 and O2 Visa

The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, Inc. helps foreign nationals with extraordinary abilities and their essential support personnel in applying for an O visa. We help remarkable individuals make the most of opportunities in the U.S.


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The O visa category applies to foreign nationals, temporary workers with extraordinary abilities or achievements in the sciences, education, arts, sports, business, and the motion picture and television industry. The O visa is also issued to people who support these individuals in performing their duties.


The O visa classification is a non-immigrant visa and does not allow you to work permanently or indefinitely in the U.S. O visa holders may stay for a maximum of three years, but they may be granted extensions depending on their employment.


If you want to explore other avenues in acquiring work visas, consult with our office to find out the best available and applicable employment-based laws for your situation.




The O-1 visa is issued to individuals who possess extraordinary ability in their respective fields. There are two types of O-1 visas, depending on the applicant’s expertise.


  • O-1A — This category includes people with extraordinary abilities in the sciences, business, education, and athletics.
  • O-1B — This category includes people with extraordinary abilities in the arts, motion pictures, and television.


To qualify for an O-1 visa, you must be able to demonstrate your extraordinary ability.


  • For professionals in education, business, athletics, and sciences, you must be ranked within the top percentage in your field and possess exemplary expertise amongst your peers.
  • For professionals in the arts, you must possess distinction and a widely recognized degree of skill. You must be renowned, prominent, or a leading figure in your field.
  • For professionals in the motion picture or television industry, you must present extraordinary achievements. Additionally, you must be recognized as an outstanding or leading figure in the motion picture or television landscape.


O-2 Visa


The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, Inc. can also help individuals apply for an O-2 visa. This is issued to people who will accompany and support an O-1 visa holder in a specific event or performance.


As with the O-1 visa, we will help O-2 applicants in:


  • Checking their eligibility
  • Gathering the right documents
  • Filing the appropriate petition


While it is difficult to provide a definite timeline due to various factors that may affect the O-1 and O-2 visa application, working with our lawyers reduces the risk of delays and improves your chances of visa approval.

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If you have any clarifications or questions about your O visa application, get in touch with us today. Our attorneys will explore legal strategies and solutions for your visa application.

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You Work with a Dependable Firm

The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, Inc. may be known for our U.S. immigration services, but we also have extensive experience in non-immigrant visa applications. We have helped numerous foreign nationals in acquiring work visas, and if you possess extraordinary abilities, you can be one of them. Our office values the trust that our clients give us, and in return, we aim to improve their chances of visa approvals.


You Receive Extensive Legal Support

Applying for an O visa is a complicated, multi-step process. Working with the Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, Inc. gives you the confidence that you will be supported in every step of the process and will be given the best legal strategy that fits your situation.


If there are legal problems surrounding your application, we will explore the right solutions. In fact, Atty. Michael J. Gurfinkel earned the moniker Attorney of Last Hope because our firm accepts cases that were deemed hopeless and turned down by other lawyers. Because of our expertise and diligence, we were able to achieve positive outcomes for our clients.




To ensure that we have the sufficient time to go over the details of your case, all consultations at The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, Inc. are by appointment only.


Before your appointment, download and complete the Initial Intake Questionnaire and send it back to us. Email the form to or fax it to 1-818-630-4997 prior to your schedule.

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