Is there an Interview for O-1 Visa?

Is there and interview for O-1 visa? This is a simple but important question. Knowing whether there is an interview will allow you to properly prepare your O-1 visa case. The best way to answer this question is to examine the different steps in the application process and elaborate on what you are required to do at each stage.

Understanding the Visa Application Process

The O-1 visa application process involves two major steps. In step one the U.S. employer or U.S. agent files an I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, with supporting documentation. This includes the O-1 beneficiary’s proof of “extraordinary ability,” an employment agreement, the employer’s business registration certificate and the appropriate filing fee. This application is filed with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) at the designated service center. Generally, there is no interview at this stage.

If the I-129 petition is approved, the case will proceed to step two. Depending on the physical location of the O-1 beneficiary he or she may apply for the O-1 visa by requesting a change of status or requesting consular processing.

Change of Status: If you are in the U.S. and are in lawful status, you may apply for a change of status, using form I-539 Application to Change or Extend Status. The processing times for a change of status application are extremely delayed and you will not be able to work in O-1 status until the change of status application is approved. Although you may be eligible for a change of status, it may be more beneficial to apply for consular processing.

Consular Processing: If you would like to apply for the O-1 visa at the overseas U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate you would request consular processing. This means that you will travel to the chosen location to apply for an O-1 visa.

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Change of Status or Consular Processing Interview

A change of status application may be approved without an interview. This application is filed in the U.S. and USCIS makes a decision on whether approve or deny the request. If there is an interview, it will be conducted by an immigration services officer at the USCIS field office that has jurisdiction over your application. Where you live will determine which USCIS office is the right one to evaluate your application. The immigration officer will review your change of status application and ask questions about your background and the proposed employment opportunity.

A consular processing application is filed online with the Department of State, using form DS-160 and the overseas consulate or embassy makes a decision. This interview is conducted by a consular officer. During the consular interview, applicants are typically asked questions about their background, purpose of travel, and the O-1 visa application. The consular officer may also review the supporting documents and ask for additional information if needed. It is important for applicants to be prepared, have all necessary documents in order, and be ready to address any inquiries related to their extraordinary abilities and employment in the United States.

Sample Interview Questions for an O-1 Visa Stamp

While it is impossible to know the exact questions that the immigration or consular may ask at the interview, the following are some likely questions:

1. What is the purpose of your visit to the United States?

2. How did you become interested in your field of work?

3 What is your educational background?

4. What are your qualifications and achievements that make you eligible for the O-1 visa?

5. Can you provide examples of your extraordinary ability or achievement?

6. What is the nature of the work you will be performing in the United States?

7. How long do you intend to stay in the United States?

8. What are your plans after your stay in the United States is over?

9. Do you have any family members or dependents who will be traveling with you to the United States?

10. Have you ever been denied a visa or entry to the United States before?

11. Have you ever overstayed a visa in the United States or violated any immigration laws?

12. Can you provide evidence of your ties to your home country, such as property ownership or employment?

13. Have you ever been convicted of a crime or faced legal proceedings?

How an Immigration Attorney Can Help with Preparation

An experienced immigration attorney can increase your chances of a successful interview. The right attorney will properly prepare your application materials and provide accurate and comprehensive documentation.

My name is Cheryl Fletcher and I have been assisting O-1 visa applicants, since 2015. I have successfully helped hundreds of O-1 applicants ace their O-1 interview. As part of my strategy, I conduct a mock interview with my clients where, I review the application and supporting documents, entirely. I anticipate the questions that my client will likely face at the interview and ask these questions. We work through the best ways to answer questions and address any possible pitfalls in the application.

If you would like to put yourself in the best position possible to pass your O-1 interview, please reach out to us at 561-507-5772 or use the booking button below to request a personal meeting.

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