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The O-1 Visa

The best option for startups, researchers, key employees, artists and community leaders.

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What is the O-1?

A three-year work status that lets you travel in and out of the US. The O-1 is renewable indefinitely, and gives you work authorization.

Advantages of the O-1

Unlike the H-1B, there is no limit on the number of O-1s available (i.e. no annual lottery). There are no industry requirements, salary minimums, and no required degree. Apply for unlimited extensions.

“The Legalpad process is very streamlined and easy. They’ve figured out a path for the O-1 visa that a lot of lawyers don’t get.”

Vicki Guan
Co-founder, Evri

Direct Path to Green Card

The O-1 offers a direct path to permanent residency via the green card process. A huge advantage for those also looking to stay in the US permanently.

“I have finally found a mega visa lawyer. No win, no fee. Legalpad got me an O-1 visa in weeks and now I am submitting my green card. I wasted a fortune with bad lawyers before I found Legalpad.”

Anne McNamara 
Founder and CEO, ShineX

Quick Turnaround

With many other case types, it can take six to eight months for the government to review the request. With the O-1, get a response within 15 days after submission.

“Legalpad demystifies the O-1! My case got complicated by COVID risks and the turbulence in the immigration space in 2020. Despite all that, the team prepared the application quickly and I received approval in 5 days.”

Konstantyn Shyshkin
Founder and CEO, Spiral Technology

Working with Legalpad

We simplify the work visa process so you know exactly what to expect every step of the way.

Step 1

Screen

We hop on a call to make sure you qualify for the O-1

Step 2

Onboard

We hop on a call to get details about you and your company

Step 3

Review

Review evidence with your dedicated immigration team

Step 4

Share

We share all letters for you and others to sign

Step 5

Sign

Have your cofounder sign a final version of your application

A work status option spanning a wide range of occupations

The O-1 is not just reserved for celebrities and Nobel prize winners. Entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, graphic designers, researchers can all qualify with the right credentials.

Startup Founders

Your investors and customers are in the US. Fundraise, hire, meet customers and grow your business within the US.

  • Startup founders and founding team members
  • Startups at the seed stage and later 
  • Guaranteed approval
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Researchers

You want to commercialize or continue your research in the US after receiving your degree.

  • Published academics 
  • Grant recipients 
  • Significant contributions in your field of study (e.g. intellectual property, patents)
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Artists & Designers

The O-1 is an option for outstanding individuals in just about any field. You may also qualify for the O-1 if you are in the top of your industry in:

  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Arts / Photography
  • Culinary Arts
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Client Testimonials

| Legalpad | US Work Visa and Immigration Services"The amount of confidence that the team showed in me and my application was incredible even when it felt like all hopes were lost. It's not about the job for Legalpad--it's about helping people out. It is so refreshing to actually talk to a person who says 'let's figure this out together'.” Sujay Suresh Kumar
Lilu
| Legalpad | US Work Visa and Immigration Services"The team helped me navigate through multiple challenges unique to 2020 and this resulted in successfully attaining an O1 Visa. Having been through the US Visa process 9 times, I can say from experience, Legalpad’s knowledge, quality of service and attention to client’s needs ranks well above other competing services. I’d recommend Legalpad to anyone looking to explore their legal US status." Jacqueline Bennett
Highlands Venture Partners
| Legalpad | US Work Visa and Immigration Services

"Legalpad has taken the dreaded H-1B process and made it as simple as posting a new job on a job board."

Stewart Fortier
Banzai
| Legalpad | US Work Visa and Immigration Services"The Legalpad team are not human, they are some supernaturally gifted folks. They handle things with clarity, take you by the hand, and they're super responsive. With the type of service they give, I won’t even try to entertain another service provider when it comes to any visa petition or application. They made my petition look like a walk in the park. Legalpad absolutely rocks. I’m a big fan and will continue to tell anyone about them." Simeon Ononobi
ThankUCash
| Legalpad | US Work Visa and Immigration Services"My experience with Legalpad was both fast and efficient. The entire process end-to-end took less than 3 months. The team was very professional, communicating with me frequently, and showing a very high quality of work. The structure of their services and payments are very transparent and flexible." Sasha Miagkyi
outloud.ai
| Legalpad | US Work Visa and Immigration Services"The Legalpad team always responds quickly. I could get ahold of the team ASAP whenever I had any issues to discuss with them. Also, the team members are very kind while working on your case. I can tell that they put themselves in your shoes to prepare the best petition." Jason Wu
DeFiner
| Legalpad | US Work Visa and Immigration Services"I have finally found a mega visa lawyer in Legalpad. No win, no fee. Got me an O-1 visa in weeks and I'm now submitting my green card. I had wasted a fortune with bad lawyers before I found them." Anne McNamara
ShineX
| Legalpad | US Work Visa and Immigration Services"I can sincerely say that Legalpad is the catalyst immigrant entrepreneurs need to build a dream company in the dreamland! They are a knowledgeable and friendly team, creating an experience beyond typical attorney-client relationships. Legalpad is a true living example of a great team: whoever you interact with, you feel a fully streamlined, personalized, and high-precision experience. I’m beyond grateful to be able to work with this incredible team!" Ari Nejadmalayeri
Wellian
| Legalpad | US Work Visa and Immigration Services"Legalpad is the only firm that convinced me I met the O-1 visa criteria. They nailed the whole process and made the impossible possible. Legalpad changed my life by allowing me to build a company and my life in the U.S. No words can express how extremely grateful I am." Basia Kubicka
SliceUp
| Legalpad | US Work Visa and Immigration Services"Before I went to Legalpad, I went to several attorneys. I wasn't happy or confident with anyone I talked to. When I talked to Logan, I knew Legalpad was the company I wanted to work with. They were dedicated throughout the whole process and the entire team gave me confidence that made the experience less stressful. They took a challenging situation and made it easy." Arun Seelam
Boson Motors
| Legalpad | US Work Visa and Immigration Services"Legalpad helped me navigate the toughest immigration atmosphere during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their amazing team kept me up to date with the latest immigration developments while working to file my application. Without their help to obtain my visa, my company and I would not have been able to effectively come out ahead." Cal Wilkes
HotSpot CookTop
| Legalpad | US Work Visa and Immigration Services"Our experience working with Legalpad lived up to the hype. They were relentless and confident every step of the way, and for someone who didn't feel particularly 'extraordinary' for an O-1, they made us feel that it's actually possible." Jijo Sunny
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