Can I bring my family to the U.S. on my O-1 visa? What is O-3 visa?

By July 2, 2020December 2nd, 2020Extraordinary Ability

The O-1 visa nonimmigrant visa is for individuals who possesses extraordinary ability in certain fields. For more information about O-1 visa petitions, please click here.

The O-2 nonimmigrant visa is for accompanying aliens who are coming temporarily to the United States solely to assist in the artistic or athletic performance by an O-.

You may be wondering whether your family can come to the U.S. if your O-1/O-2 visa is approved. The short answer is: yes. Your immediate family (spouse and unmarried children under 21) can accompany you to the U.S.

Can my spouse work in the U.S. on O-3 visa?

No. Unfortunately, your spouse cannot work in the U.S. when he/she is here on an O-3 status/

Can my spouse study in the U.S. on O-3?

Yes. Your spouse can also enroll into a University while in the U.S. on L-2 visa/status.

Can my children study in the U.S. on O-3 visa?

Yes. Your children can study in the U.S. on an O-3

I am in the U.S. and I am doing a Change of Status petition with USCIS. What forms should my spouse and/or children file?

If you are applying for a Change/Extension of status in the U.S. and your spouse and children are also in the U.S., then they should file I-539 petition to change or extend their non-immigrant status. Once they receive the I-797A Approval notices, that will serve as evidence of their legal status in the U.S.

My family and I will be applying for O visas at a U.S. Consulate abroad. Does my family have to apply for the O-3 visa with me?

Not necessarily. Your spouse and children can attend the interview with you and apply for the O-3 visas at the same time as you, but that is not a requirement. You spouse and/or children can also apply for the O-3 visas after your O-1/O-2 visa is approved.

Please click here if you want to find out whether you will have to go an interview when applying for a U.S. visa.

Please click here to find out what is the O-1 application process.

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