The process of getting an O visa for employment is time consuming, so make sure you are well prepared before you begin! This article will go over some basics about how to start your job search, as well as what to expect during processing.
By being familiar with these things, you’ll be more confident in yourself and can possibly save some money by knowing what steps need to be taken and who can help you along the way. We have also included links to additional resources where you can find more information.
An O-1 visa is for individuals who will make significant contributions to either their country or world at large. To be considered for this special status, you must show that your presence in the United States is truly necessary for your career or personal growth.
You cannot work while on an O-1 visa so you have two years to use this visa to enhance your career before needing to reapply. There are some additional requirements for working while on this visa, but most countries do not require them unless you tell them that you are.
There is no limit to how many times you can apply for an O-1 visa, so if you already have one it makes sense to apply again. It is important to remember that if you are applying more than two years after being given the O-1 visa then you have to go through the process of proving why your previous application was denied.
As mentioned before, there are many companies that offer professional services related to working in Canada as an international student. Many of these firms have very experienced professionals that can help you navigate the process of becoming a Canadian resident or even filing your application at the immigration level.
Some examples of such firms include HR departments of universities, staffing agencies, and research institutes. You may be able to talk to someone directly in this case so it is important to do some initial research and figure out who would be appropriate to contact.
In either scenario, make sure to check out any potential employers’ social media pages as well as their past performance reviews to see if anyone has comments about how they were helpful to other students. Interviews are always a good way to determine the quality of service provided.
The process of getting your O1 visa can take anywhere from one to two months, depending on how quickly you go through the proper channels. This includes having your documents ready, traveling in time so that you have enough time to get approval while you are waiting for your appointment, and making sure you do not run into any major problems during this process.
If anything seems out of place or is taking longer than expected, contact your doctor’s office, your employer, and/or USCIS immediately!
We at Visas For Americans know what it feels like when everything goes smoothly, but we also understand what it feels like when things stop moving forward. We thrive on creating momentum – helping businesses and individuals achieve their goals by breaking down communication barriers and engineering processes.
Even though it is not required, it is helpful to have proof that you will have a stable source of income once you enter the country. A work contract or employment letter can be enough if you are able to obtain it before coming to America.
It is very important to understand what kind of documentation is needed for this depending on how long your stay in the US will be!
There is a rule called ‘Rule Z’ which says that employers cannot ask about your immigrant status as part of their recruitment process.
If you find yourself being asked questions such as whether you would qualify as having a stable source of income after arrival in the United States, then it might be time to consider alternative career paths ahead of your trip here.
The second type of non-immigrant visas is called an “O” visa. An O visa allows you to enter into America as my student or scholar, dependent on your studies. Your sponsor (your parent, friend, etc.) must be able to prove that they will take care of you while you are in the United States.
This can include proving that they have enough money to support you, and showing proof of education. They may also need to confirm that you belong in the same country as them, and that you will return home at the end of your stay.
If their answers to these questions were yes, then your sponsoring person should prepare a letter stating why they feel like this situation is appropriate. Make sure to note in this letter when you will leave the US, and how much money you will spend during your trip here.
These documents should also show evidence of health insurance, or proof that someone will look after you if you get sick.
Having an O1 visa means that you can live and work in Canada for up to one year. Your O1 card must have your passport as well as proof of employment or business here.
If you overstay your O1 by more than 30 days, you may be able to re-enter Canada if you can prove that you had no intention of leaving. If this is not possible, you will need to apply for another visa before returning to Canada.
An additional way to gain residency in Canada is through the Federal Provincial Citizenship Program (FPCP). This program was announced as part of The New Immigration Package in July 2017, but it has not been made available for applications yet.
The FPCP allows Canadian citizens or qualified permanent residents to apply for provincial citizenship by living in Ontario for at least one year and establishing residence there. To be eligible, applicants must make no more than $50,000 per person under the age of 65 and $100,000 over that limit.
This includes income from salaries, business interests and investments. No gift or inheritance money can go towards this qualification.
Applicants also need to prove they have lived in Canada continuously since November 2, 2002. They can do this by providing documents such as proof of health insurance coverage, school records, work contracts or statements, bank statement receipts and house deed proofs.
If you are experiencing significant roadblocks in your immigration process, you have several options. The first is to re-apply for your O1 visa at a later time. This way, your records will not be marked as expired and you can begin the process anew.
Alternatively, you can withdraw from the process before it has even begun by requesting that your employer send you an email stating that you no longer need work authorization in the US.
If you simply cannot wait any longer, then you may want to consider leaving the country temporarily until your situation is resolved. There are many ways to accomplish this, but most require us to file for bankruptcy.