Anyone on O1 Visa? Share you experience with application process?

Apple diver1802
Jul 26, 2018 34 Comments

Hi all, Apple is applying for an O1 visa for me. The lawyers at Fragomen think I have an OK case. I have furnished solid reference letters and seem to (barely) qualify 4 of the 8 criterions listed on the USCIS website. The application is now being prepared to be submitted to USCIS with premium processing.

If you have been through this process, what was your experience like? Any learnings that could help my case.

Many thanks,

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  • Intel krpscs
    I missed H1B lottery twice and intel filed for O1. After getting O1 approved, they applied for eb1 using the same documentations to get me a GC.
    At that time, i had a phd with 10+ publication, 100 citations, best paper awards, etc..
    Jul 27, 2018 2
    • Apple diver1802
      OP
      Thanks this is super helpful. Did you get your stamp before GC could be filed
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Intel krpscs
      No I never got o1 stamped. I did change of status to o from f1 and the to gc.
      Jul 27, 2018
  • Apple diver1802
    OP
    Oops. I had a typo in OP. I meant to say ‘now’ and not ‘not’. No problem with premium processing.

    I was wondering what did the lawyers say your chances were when you started? I didn’t get an overwhelmingly positive feel but it may be how lawyers operate. Also, what’s the GC route post O1 and how is Apple approaching this?
    Jul 26, 2018 8
    • Uber sbw13j
      So one can have both visas valid/active/stamped on your passport simultaneously?
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Apple diver1802
      OP
      Thanks. I was told by Apple immigration that O1 is a path for GC. I did not negotiate with the offer but my manager seems open to applying right after.
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Apple diver1802
      OP
      Also, do you need to get the O1 stamp before starting the GC application?
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Apple Lynch
      My case is a bit different. I had an O1 with my previous employer which is still valid till next year, but I do not to get either O1 or H1b stamped b fire that ends. So technically, I have not stamped my passport for this new O1, but I’ll have to do it within a year or so.
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Apple Lynch
      I don’t know if you need the stamp before starting the app. I think GC can be started irregardless. You could even start a GC app depending on the type, even if you were out of the country. It’s just whatever the lawyers estimate is best
      Jul 27, 2018
  • Apple Lynch
    I joined Apple with O1 just a few weeks back. Why aren’t they doing premium processing?? Did they give you any reason?

    Also, I’ll be happy to answer any questions, as long as you get a bit more specific.
    Jul 26, 2018 0
  • Netflix
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    O1 is much better than H1B because it has a higher bar and is == EB1B. Apply EB1B with premium processing right after O1 approval and u can get it as soon as 2 weeks
    Jul 26, 2018 5
    • Apple Lynch
      Also, no renewal limit, if you don’t care for a GC, you can renew your O1 forever as opposed to h1b limited times it can be renewed
      Jul 26, 2018
    • Apple Lynch
      But! You cannot transfer O1 to a different company if you want to change jobs. It’s tied to the sponsoring company. You’d need to process a new O1 if you wanted to jump ships.
      Jul 26, 2018
    • Uber sbw13j
      How do folks stay basically forever on an H1B though? Green card application under process?
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Intel / Eng GeekChick
      If u want to change the company on o1, isn't it similar to h1 ?
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Apple Lynch
      Nope, there’s no transfer procedure as in h1b. You need to file a new O1 app from scratch
      Jul 27, 2018
  • Intel / Eng GeekChick
    I got my o1 visa recently...when I first applied I got an rfe requesting more info about my role...after responding to rfe I got it approved
    Jul 27, 2018 3
    • Apple diver1802
      OP
      Thanks. How long was the process in its entirety
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Intel / Eng GeekChick
      We did premium processing when first applied and also when responding to rfe. But preparing the documentation for rfe by the law firm took 2 months. I submitted the docs to law firm feb 28 and got my final approval June 18.
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Apple diver1802
      OP
      Cool, thanks. Good luck with stamping if you haven’t already
      Jul 27, 2018
  • Facebook Noclues
    I think op meant “application is NOW being prepared” 😏
    Jul 26, 2018 0
  • Apple eFcN21
    Is it true that they only grant you one time entry into US every time you do O1 visa stamp?
    Jul 26, 2018 2
    • Uber sbw13j
      Doubt it, that would be horrible.
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Apple Lynch
      Nope, I fly to visit family 2 a year, and re-entries are super smooth. Well, SFO sucks though
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Apple diver1802
      OP
      For starters, no lottery.
      Jul 26, 2018
    • Juniper Cluelesss
      I see. So assuming you are a fresh grad, guessing you will have your OPT as safety net. No harm going with it.
      Jul 26, 2018
  • Intel / Eng GeekChick
    Thanks! Please let me know if u get any info on job change with O1. I am planning to switch jobs soon reapplying o1 is freaking me out! I feel like I might have to retire n die here in oregon only
    Jul 27, 2018 1
  • Uber 1010111
    You obviously don't know what the O1 visa is Clueless... "The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics..."
    Jul 26, 2018 1
    • Uber sbw13j
      Seeing how H1B/L1 is abused by consultancies/sweatshops, makes sense that FAANG would try to abuse O1.
      Jul 27, 2018

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