The O visas are a group of U.S non-immigrant visas intended to bring people with extraordinary abilities and high credentials to live and work in the U.S. The O2 visa is intended for dependent of O1 visa holders in the United States.

The O visas are divided in these categories:

  • O1 visa – is a visa for those who demonstrate expert knowledge in science, business, education, athletics, or art.
  • O2 visa –  is intended for the personnel or assisting people of the O1 visa holders
  • O3 visa –  is a visa for the dependent spouses and children of O1 and O2 visa holders
Source: U.S. Department of State

To be eligible for the O2 visa, you as the assistant of the O1 visa holder in occupations like athletics, film, or television, must meet a few eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a crucial figure of the performance or work of the O1 visa applicant
  • You must have the talents and experience which the O1 visa holder’s performance or work entails, which cannot be seen in other workers
  • You have been working with people who have a valid O1 visa and not in other works or services, even if they are related to your skills and experience
  • Show that you plan to only work in the U.S and that you are a citizen of another country, so you have ties to your home country
Source: U.S. Department of State

Both the visa applicant (assistant of 01 visa holder) and the employer must complete a number of steps for a successful visa outcome. The very first step is to be completed by the employer in the U.S. later on, the visa applicant can apply for himself or herself at the nearest embassy.

File the employment petition

The U.S. employer who is recruiting people under the O1 and O2 visas must file petition to initiate the actual processing. The employer has to send a completed Form I-129 (Application for Nonimmigrant Worker) to the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This valid form will assure the O2 visa applicant that he or she can come to the U.S. and assist the O1 approved person.

File Form DS-160

Form DS-160 is the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application which is used for all types of U.S nonimmigrant visas. The form will have a number of questions about your background and your need to visit the U.S. get your confirmation page when you have submitted it. You will have to take it to the consular appointment later on.

Pay the visa fee

Pay the government visa application fee. You need to remember that you may have other costs as well like medical, police clearance, notarization or other costs. You must keep the copy of visa fee payment at the time of your interview.

Schedule your visa interview

Visa applicants who are between 14 and 79 years old must face an interview session at the U.S. Embassy. To avoid delays in the process, you must schedule an interview as soon as possible. After you made you appointment, you will receive a letter of appointment which you must keep along with all the required documents.

At the interview, a U.S Embassy official will ask you various types of questions regarding your purpose, character, health, any past criminal offenses, past refusals, past U.S visas you have had, and other associated questions. Be confident enough to answer all the questions of the officer otherwise it is likely that you may not get your visa.

Source: U.S. Department of State

O2 visa application should have the following documents:

  • A passport with sufficient validity period
  • A photograph according to the specified rules
  • The DS-160 confirmation code
  • visa interview confirmation letter
  • visa fee payment receipts
  • The Form I-797
  • Proof of a agreement with the O1 visa holder and previous agreements with them
  • Proof of your abilities and experience linked to the work of the O1 visa holder
  • Proof that you have goof ties to your native country and you plan to go back to your country once your contract and visa expire.
  • If you are wishing to bring your dependent family member, you must provide proof of your relationship to them.
Source: U.S. Department of State

The visa application fee for the O-2 visa is $190.

Source: U.S. Department of State