Can I work for multiple employers on an O-1 extraordinary ability visa?

88950.    Pixabay   .  Can freelance workers be employed by multiple employers on an O-1 extraordinary ability visa? What are the regulatory requirements allowing freelancers to work for multiple employers?

88950. Pixabay. Can freelance workers be employed by multiple employers on an O-1 extraordinary ability visa? What are the regulatory requirements allowing freelancers to work for multiple employers?

What is the O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa?

The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for individuals who possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements. 

Who can be the Petitioner for an O-1 Visa?

The following can act as petitioner for an O-1 visa:

  • Employer: The petitioner can be the applicant’s actual employer. In this case, the employer and employee must submit a copy of any written contract between the employer and the employee or a summary of the terms of the oral agreement under which the beneficiary (applicant) will be employed. The application must also include an itinerary of the activities, projects and events that will be undertaken by the applicant within the proposed employment period.

  • Agent: The petitioner can also be the beneficiary’s agent. In this case, the agent could be the actual employer of the beneficiary, the representative of both beneficiary and employer, or the agent for multiple employers. In each case, a contract detailing the terms of the agency relationship and an itinerary of the activities, projects and events that will be undertaken by the beneficiary must also be submitted.

I am a freelance worker, may I work for multiple employers on an O-1 visa?

Traditionally self-employed workers, freelancers or workers who use agents to arrange short-term employment with numerous employers may use an agent as their Petitioner. This agent-petitioner may be an actual employer of the beneficiary and be an agent for one or more employers (including a foreign employer), allowing the beneficiary to work for multiple employers under one O-1 visa.

What documents does an Agent-Petitioner need to submit for an O-1 visa?

  • A contractual agreement between the agent and the beneficiary which specifies the wage offered and the other terms and conditions of employment of the beneficiary.

  • A complete and detailed itinerary of the event or event specifying the dates of each service or engagement, the names and addresses of the actual employers, and the names and addresses of the establishments, venues, or locations where the services will be performed.

  • A contract, deal memo or a letter of interest between the employers, agent and the beneficiary is required.

These are just some of the requirements for an O-1 extraordinary ability visa. If you are a freelance artist or worker considering applying for a work visa, please contact us. We have successfully assisted foreign workers in their employment-based applications to be able to work in the United States. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Tumblr for up-to-date immigration news.


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