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United States O-1 Visa

The O-1 visa category can lead to a permanent residency (Green Card) and citizenship, depending on the circumstance of the applicant. This category is broad and can be explored based on the individual’ circumstance. Persons who fall under this category can get the visa issued for 3 years, with extensions given in different increments. It allows relocation to the U.S with family and persons necessary or pertinent to the success of your endeavours. For instance, someone in the music Industry, the band members and persons crucial to your music business.

The O-1 visa is becoming one of the most popular visa being a dual intent visa - It provides one of the most flexible relocations possible. Applicants can relocate with their families and still have the flexibility of traveling back and forth still conducting business in their home countries if they wish until they are ready to make their stay in the U.S more permanent. 

A cursory glance at the classification of the O-1 visa category may scare away some persons with the use of the word "extraordinary" and think this visa is available to only the likes of Wole Soyinka, Justin Beibers and Trevor Noah of this world. The layman's understanding of this visa category is so limited that they abruptly believe they do not qualify, probably one of the reasons it is not as popular in Africa. There is a lack of knowledge with the O-1 visa, and A. D. & Partners will help you achieve this visa category before it becomes overly saturated.  


  • The O-1 visa is more alluring than its similar counterparts like the H1 Visa or H2b Visa categories for a number of reasons.
  • There is no limit on the O1 visas like the H1Bs and H2s. The O-1 Visa puts you on a direct path to green card and citizenship, and there is no seasonality.
  • EU Residence Card gives Visa-free travel within Schengen Area;
  • Allows permanent residency holder to work in Malta (work permit process);
  • No minimum physical presence required to maintain immigration status;
  • No Tax residency status if not living in Malta full-time.
  • Children can go to school in the EU member state and pay EU fees.
  • Residency rights can be passed down generationally.

Route to Citizenship

Citizenship application is possible after a few years (3 – 5) of establishing a genuine link in Malta.