There is no limit on the amount of times that an O-1 beneficiary can renew a visa. There are certain steps that you can take to minimize disruptions in your employment and to smooth the process for O-1 visa renewal.
Early Preparation: It is crucial to initiate the visa renewal process well in advance to avoid any gaps in employment authorization. Ideally, you should begin the process six months before the expiration of your current O-1 visa.
Collecting Documentation: Gather all the necessary documentation to support your visa renewal application. This may include evidence of your continued extraordinary ability, such as awards, publications, media coverage, contracts, and testimonial letters from experts in your field.
Employer’s Role: Your U.S.-based employer plays a crucial role in the visa renewal process. They will need to submit a new Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on your behalf. This petition should include all the required supporting documents.
Extending Stay or Changing Employers: If you wish to extend your stay with the same employer, the new petition should state the requested period of extension. In case you intend to work for a new employer, they must file a new Form I-129 with the USCIS to transfer your visa sponsorship.
Premium Processing: Consider utilizing the USCIS premium processing service, which expedites the processing time of your visa renewal application. By paying an additional fee, you can receive a decision within 15 calendar days. This service can be particularly beneficial if your current visa is about to expire.
Consular Processing: If you are outside the United States during the visa renewal process, you will need to visit a U.S. embassy or consulate to apply for a new visa stamp. Schedule an appointment, provide the required documentation, and attend an interview to receive your renewed visa.