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Qualifying For The O-1 Visa

The O-1 visa may seem out of reach, but thousands of startup founders and key talent qualify without even knowing it. This article walks you through the O-1 criteria and how to qualify.

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The O1 Visa for Nigerian Startup Founders

Whether expanding your existing Nigerian business into the U.S. or starting a new U.S. company, you’ll need to figure out the best visa option. In this article, we’ll describe one of the most highly sought-after U.S. work visa options for Nigerian entrepreneurs.

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How Many Letters Do You Need for an O-1 visa?

At Legalpad, we find testimonial letters most helpful for the original contributions and critical employment criteria, since they are somewhat subjective. You are only required to submit one letter for your O-1, which is called an Advisory Opinion. If you have solid documentation of how you meet the criteria, you may only need to include the Advisory Opinion. However, you may still have a strong case, but need an additional letter or two to support the documentation that you already have. 

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Bringing a Co-founder to the U.S. to Work Together

Whether you are Human Resources leader at an established American tech company, or the founder of a foreign startup, one of the biggest hurdles is selecting the right work visa path for your employees and/or co-founders to work from the U.S.

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How To Demonstrate “Ties To Home Country”

As a nonimmigrant visa applicant (O-1, B-1/B-2, TN), you must demonstrate that you have “ties to home country,” such as your job, home, and family and friends. In this post, learn about the documentation you'll need to demonstrate "ties to home country." Thank you to our partner Argo for collaborating on this post!

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How to Renew an O-1 Visa

At Legalpad, we’re experts at helping startup founders obtain O-1 work visas. We work with many people who have significant experience, education and accolades in their respective fields, making them a natural fit for the O-1 work visa.

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Things You Need to Know After O-1 Approval

Even with all the planning, paperwork and effort that comes with petitioning for a work visa in the U.S., the hardest part is arguably waiting for a response. But imagine how you’ll feel when the wait is over and you have your O-1 visa approval. All the hard work has paid off, and you now have the opportunity to work and build your dream in the U.S.

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Detailed Guide On How To Change Visa Status From O-1 To H-1B

Navigating the U.S. Immigration landscape can be difficult, especially knowing how to compare the different benefits associated with a wide variety of visa types. Even if you’ve done the work to understand and pursue the right visa for your immigration case, it’s not unusual to find yourself in a position where you need to change your visa status.

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How to Apply For an O-1 Visa

At Legalpad, we often work alongside startup founders who need help discovering what different types of work visas are available to them, and which ones are the best fit for their specific goals and individual immigration cases.

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H-1B Visa vs O-1 Visa: Which One Is Better?

When it comes to navigating the U.S. immigration landscape and finding the right work visa that fits your needs - it can be hard to know where to begin. Immigration is a complex, legal process where case approvals are essentially based on one’s ability to meet or exceed necessary parameters, requirements and credentials.

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Startup Spotlight:
Cyvatar co-founder secures O-1 visa to scale rapidly growing cybersecurity-as-a-service startup

In 2019, Craig Goodwin and Corey White founded Cyvatar: a startup that levels the playing field in the cybersecurity market by providing an end-to-end security solution for businesses of any size and budget. Since then, Craig and the Cyvatar team have been on a trajectory to the moon and beyond. In June 2021, Cyvatar raised $9 million in Series A funding, amounting to a total of $12 million in less than a year. On top of that, Craig secured an O-1 visa, a critical move to serve the rapidly growing U.S. customer base.

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Founder Spotlight: Improving Diabetes Care With AI

Julian needed a work visa to join his cofounder, Ali, in the Bay Area in order to establish a U.S. hub and accelerate growth. After shopping around, Julian found Legalpad. With an O-1 approval in hand, Julian and Ali are advancing Center to improve the lives of those managing diabetes

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