The O3 visa is a non-immigrant visa for the spouse or child of an O1 or O2 visa holder. O3 visa holders are allowed to stay in the U.S. as long as the O-1 or O-2 visa holders are in the U.S. or until they get an immigrant visa.

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. What makes the O visas very attractive is that they allow individuals who have extraordinary abilities to stay in the U.S for work.

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. (Family of O-1/2 Visa)


In this article, we will be covering up the major requirements of the O3 Visa which is closely connected with the O1 and O2 visas.

The O3 dependent visa is suitable for the spouse and unmarried children (under 21 years of age) of O1 and O2 visa holders, who desire to accompany or to visit the principal “O” visa holder.

Source: U.S. Department of State

The eligibility requirements for the O-3 visa USA are as follows:

  • Your spouse or parent must have valid O-1 or O-2 visa
  • You must be the main visa holder’s dependent spouse or unmarried child under 21 years old
  • You must be able to prove a genuine relationship to the principal visa holder
Source: U.S. Department of State

To apply for the O-3 visa, there are a number of steps that you have to follow. You can apply at the same time with the O-1 or O-2 principal visa holder or after they have gotten their visa. If you are not applying together, then wait until the U.S Embassy grants your spouse or parent their O-1 or O-2 visa and then initiate the processing.

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

When you go in for your interview, you must have a file with documents to support your case. It is your chance to show the U.S Embassy why you should be given the O-3 visa. For this visa, you must have the following documents:

O3 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 O-1 or O-2 visa holder’s Form I-797
  • The O-1 or O-2 visa holder’s copy of passport
  • The O-1 or O-2 visa holder’s copy of the visa
  • Proof of your relationship with the O-1 or O-2 visa holder
  • If you are the spouse, then you need a valid marriage certificate
  • For children, you must submit a valid birth certificate
Source: U.S. Department of State

The visa application fee for the O-3 visa is $190.

Source: U.S. Department of State

At the interview, you must carry all your documents. You will be asked a series of questions like the purpose of your travel, your relationship with O1 or O2 visa holders. You might also be asked about your ties to your country.

Source: U.S. Department of State