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How long does it take to get a greencard after a O-1 visa?
Posted on: 14 Mar 2017  |   Tags: O-1 visa ,

The Visa itself will not generate a Green Card, a separate Green Card application will be necessary as the O-1 Visa is a non-immigrant visa and the Green Card (Permanent Residency) is an immigrant visa application.

The O-1 Visa is often used as a quick visa process (taking anywhere from one to four months to process) which allows a person to enter and work on projects that are already established in the relatively near future. The Green Card process on the other hand usually takes much longer, over 1 year most cases.

The O-1 Visa is often times also uses as a stepping stone to a later Green Card application as personas can further increase their standing in their field by participating in upcoming projects, events, or employment in the U.S.

Persons who utilize the O-1 Visa most often apply for a Green Card in the First Employment Based Visa Category which provides distinct advantages over other categories such as being able to apply without having to go through the arduous labor certification process required with most other employment based green card applications.

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