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Atlanta O & P Visas

Atlanta O & P Visa Attorneys

At Oakhurst Immigration Law, our attorneys help distinguished professionals from around the world obtain O & P visas through a personalized approach focused on bringing you to the United States. With three convenient office locations, we are able to easily serve the residents of Atlanta, Georgia, and our accessibility extends much farther than that! We have a multilingual team ready to help you achieve international success by bringing your talents to the United States.

Athletes, artists, and scholars looking to come to the United States should contact us for further assistance in starting the O or P visa application process in Atlanta.

O and P Visas for Extraordinary Ability

The O and P visas are designed to welcome accomplished and talented professional athletes, artists, and scholars to the United States. O visas are reserved for professionals in sports, media, business, education, and science. P visas cover other athletes and performance groups. While the O visa carries the strictest qualifying requirements, applicants for the P visa must also be prepared to demonstrate their elevated skillset and achievements.

O Visas

O visas are broken down into categories based on talent, along with any affiliates who are looking to come to the United States with these talented individuals. They are:

  • O-1A visas for foreign talent with extraordinary skills in sports, science, education, or business
  • O-1B visas for applicants with acclaim in motion pictures, television, or the arts
  • O-2 visas for the applicant’s essential support staff
  • O-3 visas for the families of O-1 and O-2 visa holders

O-1A applicants must provide ample evidence of their distinction in their field. They must provide proof in the form of:

  • Prestigious awards, such as an Olympic medal, World Championship title, or Nobel Prize
  • Other respectable industry awards
  • Media published regarding the applicant’s accomplishments
  • Membership to exclusive groups or associations
  • Significant contributions to their academic field
  • Publication of original content in professional media channels

The guidelines for submitting proof for O-1B visas are less rigid than O-1A, though the creatives must still demonstrate extraordinary expertise in their field and a degree of talent superior to their peers.

Creative professionals who are leading in their field and carry significant recognition and acclaim are suitable contenders for the O-1B visa. They should have a major award parallel to those required by athletes and scholars applying for O-1A visas, such as an Emmy or Grammy, or some combination of the following:

  • Current, past, or future participation in prestigious projects
  • Participation as a titular role in projects with respectable companies
  • Receipt of significant awards relevant to their skills
  • Media coverage of their work and accomplishments
  • Recognition from experts and other leading industry professionals
  • Earning more than peers in the same field

Our Atlanta attorneys can review your career and accomplishments to determine if you are a suitable applicant for the O-1A or O-1B visa.


Contact our immigration attorneys for more information about filing for an O visa.


P Visas

P visas are subcategorized into P-1A and P-1B and serve athletes and entertainment groups, respectively. Alongside them are P1-S candidates who serve as the talent’s essential support staff. The P-1A visa lets highly skilled and accomplished athletes not eligible for the O-1A visa apply. An athlete could be eligible for a P-1A visa if they:

  • Have represented their native country on a national team
  • Have NCAA experience
  • Have received significant, relevant awards
  • Are internationally ranked
  • Had a contract with a professional US team in the previous season
  • Can provide letters vouching for their skills from industry professionals or other top athletes

The athlete should have contributed significantly to the sports teams to be considered eligible by that requirement.

P-1B visa candidates are eligible when the group has international fame. Requirements for this visa include:

  • Evidence of international recognition
  • Evidence of international achievement
  • 75% of the group members have been involved with the group for at least a year before application

The P-1B visa emphasizes the success of the group. To be eligible, the group as an entity should be popular and accomplished, not just one member.

Our attorneys are accessible worldwide. We are available and willing to travel to you to help with your case so that in the near future you can fly back with us to the United States too.


If you think you qualify for an O or P visa, call our Atlanta attorneys to help start your immigration process at (704) 288-1003. We offer legal services in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Arabic.


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    Sherrod Seward of Oakhurst Legal Group successfully petitioned for E-2 investor visas for Finland national Ari Heikkinen and his spouse, Kaarina Heikkinen.

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    Client was found not guilty at trial due to a successful litigation strategy crafted and used by Attorney Harris.

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    Client charged with felony inciting a riot. After disputing the evidence presented by the D.A. and noting their obvious lack of evidence, this case was dismissed prior to trial.

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    Client charged with possession of marijuana for edible foods. After disputing the lack of evidence and proof in the case, charges were dismissed prior to trial.

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    Client charged with violating a local ordinance. Attorney Harris argued that the ordinance itself was unlawful therefore, in the interest of justice the case should be dismissed prior to trial.

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