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  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: May 28, 2020
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Work visas in the United States are designed for the different skills that individual workers have. When applying for a work visa, it is important to choose the one that works best for your career goals. If you are a software engineer, you should consider applying for an O-1 visa. As a software engineer, there are a few important advantages to having an O-1 visa, including:

Working For Multiple Employers

O-1 visas are one of the most flexible nonimmigrant visas in the United States. You are allowed to work for an employer or organization or pick up multiple jobs from different employers.

Period Of Stay

O-1 visas have an initial stay period of three years. This stay can be renewed in one-year increments for as long as you have a contract with an employer. This is different from other nonimmigrant visas that require an individual to leave once the visa has expired. There is also no limit to how many times you can ask for an extension so you can stay in the country indefinitely as long as you continue working in your field.

Opportunity For A Green Card

An O-1 is a dual intent visa, which means that you can come to the United States with the intent to stay and not be ineligible for a visa. While there are other visa types that are also dual intent, an O-1 visa is similar to a first-preference employment-based green card category, and therefore a green card may be more accessible.

No Annual Cap

Some nonimmigrant visas like the H-1B and H-2B have an annual cap on the number of visas that can be issued. The O-1 visa does not have such an annual cap. As long as you follow the correct application process and remain eligible for the visa, you will be granted an O-1 visa. This means you can request an O-1 visa at any time of the year.

No Labor Condition Application

If you include a recommendation letter from a peer group or organization in your O-1 petition, you can effectively eliminate the need to obtain approval from the United States Department of Labor. This can save time on your application process.

Contact An Experienced Visa Attorney

If you are interested in applying for an O-1 visa, you may want the help of an experienced immigration attorney. At Serving Immigrants, Inc., we have the experience and the knowledge to guide you through the application process. Contact us online or call us at (305) 907-6151 to schedule a strategy session.

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Attorney Magdalena Cuprys is a seasoned immigration lawyer based in Orlando and Coral Gables, Florida. With three languages under her belt and years of legal experience working with immigrants of all kinds, she brings considerable experience and insight to the field and works hard to explain immigration concepts, empower future citizens, and keep current and prospective immigrants up to date on US immigration law.

Connect with her firm, Serving Immigrants, to stay updated on the latest developments in United States immigration law and gain valuable insights needed to navigate the challenging legal landscape of immigration in Florida. 

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