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US O-2 Visa: Support staff

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O-2 Support staff

This category allows assistants and support staff of O-1A and O-1B visa holders to enter the US in order to support their work. The O-2 only applies to O-1A visa holders who have exceptional ability in athletics/sports (not the sciences, education, or business).

Offer of employment

O-2 visa applicants must plan to work with an O-1A or O-1B visa holder in the US.


There are 6 criteria for the O-2 visa. Applicants must meet all of these for their visa to be granted.

Evidence of all 6 of the following is required:

  • That you are essential to the work of the O-1A or O-1B visa holder in the US

  • That you have substantial experience in your field of work

  • That your role cannot be performed to the required standard by a US worker

  • For film and television productions it must be shown that a significant amount of work on the production has already taken place outside of the US AND;

  • That you were involved in this work AND;

  • That your continued involvement is necessary for the production to be completed

Further information, help, and advice's team of specialists has over 25 years of experience in immigration services, and have helped thousands of people to study and work in the US. All applications for US visas are dealt with in-house by a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

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