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Visas for Business Professionals & Entrepreneurs

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Foreign business professionals of extraordinary ability may be eligible to obtain nonimmigrant visas for business, scientific advancement, and business-related education. The O-1A visa in particular is becoming the visa of choice for many business entrepreneurs who do not qualify for other visa categories. O-1A visas are also appropriate for businesspersons who do not have the time to wait for other work authorization-related visas such as the H-1B visa category.

Proving extraordinary ability as a businessperson can be very challenging, but our high-powered team of attorneys at Oakhurst Immigration Law can help improve your likelihood of success. The O-1A visa for business professionals and entrepreneurs applies to any field, so long as the beneficiary meets the eligibility requirements of international recognition and sustained, outstanding achievements.


Learn more about visas for business professionals and entrepreneurs by calling (310) 742-8005 or contacting us online. We can begin with a courtesy consultation, where we can discuss your options and long-term goals.


The O-1 Visa for Business Professionals

O-1 visas can be an excellent tool for business owners and serial entrepreneurs who want to learn new skills, form strategic alliances, and build their businesses in the United States. In some cases, this visa category can even help you avoid the restrictive requirements of many other visas.

Here are some of the other visas’ disadvantages that you may avoid by obtaining an O-1 visa:

  • B-1 visitor visa – only allows you to stay six months at a time, can be difficult to obtain in certain countries, and has almost no work authorization
  • EB-5 investment visa – requires you to contribute at least $750,000 to a project, relies on creating a substantial number of jobs, and can take a very long time to obtain
  • E-2 treaty investor visa – only available in certain countries and heavily restricts your international travel
  • EB-2 national interest waiver – extremely difficult to prove that the beneficiary’s presence is in the best interests of the United States.

The O-1 visa requires a sponsor, but the requirements for this sponsor are minimal (compared to other visa categories).

Other requirements for the O-1 visa include winning a substantial international award with a recognition level similar to the Nobel Prize, OR at least 3 of the following:

  • Detailed letters of support and confirmation of achievement from experts in your industry
  • A much higher salary than peers in your industry
  • Completion of important business in an essential capacity
  • Time served as a judge, evaluating the skills of peers in your industry
  • Articles written about you in prestigious publications with wide distribution
  • Original contributions to your industry
  • Membership in selective groups of your peers
  • Sustained history of earning national and international awards

We can closely assess your situation to determine whether you will meet these qualifications. We pride ourselves on providing effective advice to our entrepreneurial clients, developing the strategies they need to accomplish their legal and entrepreneurial goals.

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Let Our Professionals Handle Your Case

No matter what type of visa you need, navigating the immigration system can be an enormous challenge. At Oakhurst Immigration Law, we know you have enough to handle without worrying about a complex legal process. Our goal, therefore, is to provide you with unparalleled support, guidance, and advocacy. If the U.S. is the next destination of your entrepreneurial project, let us help you take the right steps toward that goal.

Visas for Sports Agents & Professionals

Generally, business professionals in the sports industry have three visa options: the P-1S, the E-1, and the B-1/B-2.

Here is a brief overview of each:

  • P-1S (for essential support and business staff). These visas are much more robust than B visitor visas. While a United States-based sponsor must petition for the P-1S visa, there is no need for the sponsor to have a contractual relationship with the P-1S visa holder. P-1S visas typically have a validity date of one year and can be renewed for up to 10 years.
  • E-1 (treaty trader visas). This is an appropriate option for businesspersons of select countries who do most of their business in the United States. Applicants must be engaged in at least 51% of their imports, exports, or services with the United States. The E-1 visa can be a durable immigration option for foreign nationals who qualify, such as agents and managers who have athletes competing regularly in the United States. E-1 visas are typically issued for two-year stays but are eligible for unlimited extensions.
  • B-1/B-2 (visitor visas). These are best for support staff and agents who are not compensated by the sponsor. For example, in boxing, the cornermen of fighters typically arrive on B visitor visas because they are not compensated directly by the promoter. However, B visas are becoming increasingly difficult to get for those who regularly visit the United States. Coaches, trainers, and agents, for example, may have an easier time obtaining P-1S visas.

No matter your industry, we have the in-depth knowledge and experience to handle your case with ease. Call (310) 742-8005 or fill out our online contact form today—we provide services in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Arabic.

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