The O-1 Visa as a Path to a Green Card in California

One of the most common questions that we receive at the Law Offices of Vaughan de Kirby is whether or not the O-1 visa for extraordinary ability can lead to a green card, permanent residency, and U.S. Citizenship. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The O-1 visa is a non-immigration visa. This means that there is not a direct path in place for O-1 visa holders to go on to receive a green card – O-1 visa holders can only work in the United States for three years at a time before applying for a renewal. 
  • HOWEVER, O-1 visa holders can have dual intention. This means that, unlike with some other non-immigration visas, O-1 visa holders may pursue permanent residency while living and working in the U.S. temporarily. Many O-1 visa holders also apply for a separate green card, which can take a much longer time to process than a non-immigration employment visa. 
  • O-1 visa holders can apply for a First Employment-Based Visa green card. This green card allows you to skip the complex labor certification process and avoid some of the worst issues that create visa application backlogs. 
  • Very simply, the O-1 visa can be a stepping-stone to a green card. While a green card is not part of the natural progression of an O-1 visa, a large number of O-1 visa holders have used an O-1 visa while on the path to permanent residency in the Untied States.
Vaughan de Kirby
Connect with me
California Immigration Attorney
Be the first to comment!
Post a Comment

Free Books

<span>EB-5 Due Diligence Workbook:</span> Ten Critical Steps to An Informed Decision

EB-5 Due Diligence Workbook: Ten Critical Steps to An Informed Decision

Vaughan de Kirby's book, EB-5 Due Diligence Workbook: Ten Critical Steps to An Informed Decision was written for EB-5 investors who are selecting a regional center.

Learn More +
<span>Complete Guide To The EB-5 Green Card:</span> Critical Knowledge For Investors Who Want To Make The Best Decisions For Themselves And Their Families

Complete Guide To The EB-5 Green Card: Critical Knowledge For Investors Who Want To Make The Best Decisions For Themselves And Their Families

If you are seeking permanent residence status in the U.S., request a free copy of Complete Guide To The EB-5 Green Card to learn about the EB-5 visa program.

Learn More +
View All Offers