O-1 nonimmigrant visas are temporary worker visas for individuals with extraordinary abilities. They have two classes:

  • O-1A is for individuals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics
  • O-1B is for individuals with extraordinary ability or achievements in motion pictures, television, and the arts, including culinary arts

There are two other classes of O visas available for support teams and family of O-1 visa holders:

  • O-2 is for supporting staff accompanying an O-1 visa holder
  • O-3 is for spouses or children of O-1 and O-2 visa holders

O-1 and O-2 Visa Requirements

All O-1 and O-2 visa applications must be sponsored by a U.S.-based employer or agent. O-1A and O-1B applicants must present specific documentation to support their visa request such as contracts, references, and evidence of ability. O-2 applicants must also provide evidence of relevant experience.

O-1B and O-2 Visas and the Hospitality Industry

The Trillos Ballerini Law Firm has special expertise and experience handling O-1B and O-2 visa applications for highly respected and acclaimed individuals in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. Beatriz Trillos Ballerini and the firm’s team have represented chefs and support personnel, consulting as needed with employers and trade organizations in the hospitality industry. With a keen attention to detail, the Trillos Ballerini Law Firm team assists culinary artists, restaurant owners, and culinary arts businesses in developing immigration strategies to build their business at a pace tailored to their needs.

Experience, Strategy, Compassion

A curated immigration strategy that meets the goals of both artists and their employers requires knowledge, expertise, and experience—plus a listening ear and careful attention to the details of the process. The Trillos Ballerini Law Firm has been handling complex immigration matters like these since its founding in 2006. The firm's team has especially deep experience in “extraordinary ability” applications and understands the requirements and perspective of both individuals and employers.

From the moment you hire the Trillos Ballerini Law Firm, our team will have your back. Drawing on our experience, we have created a customized toolkit to help streamline a process that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Dedicated and knowledgeable staff will assist at each stage with promptness, understanding, and open communication.

Contact the Trillos Ballerini Law Firm today to schedule a consultation to discuss your immigration needs.