California Immigration Attorney Describes O-1 Visa Contract Requirements

If you are being sponsored by an employer for an O-1 visa, you probably know that you will have to provide evidence of your contract to work in the U.S. However, you may not know what evidence you have to provide to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to prove that your sponsor has hired you specifically for your extraordinary abilities in your field.

Fortunately, contract requirements for an O-1 visa can take many different forms. The easiest way to prove your sponsorship is with a copy of a written contract between you and your petitioner. If you do not have a written contract, you may submit terms of a mutually agreed upon oral contract.

Examples of oral contract evidence for an O-1 visa include:

  • Emails between the petitioner and beneficiary outlining the terms of employment
  • A written summation of the employee/employer terms of the oral agreement
  • Any other evidence demonstrating that an oral agreement was created between the two parties

The summary of the terms of employment does not have to be signed by both parties in order to be valid. However, for an oral contract to be valid evidence for an O-1 visa, it must contain sufficient information on what terms the employer is offering and what terms the employee has accepted.

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