Keep Copies of All Correspondence
The petitioner applying for an O-1 visa will file a Form I-129, Petitioner
for Nonimmigrant Worker, with the USCIS. To avoid delays in processing,
the immigration service advises filing at least 45 days before the employment
start but not more than 1 year before. Part of the application requires
certain documentation including the agreed terms between the parties in
the form of a contract. A written contract that clearly lays out the agreements,
signed and dated by both parties is preferred.
In the modern age where individuals communicate via email or other means
during negotiations and for practical reasons the government will accept
an oral contract as long as it contains what the employer offered and
what the employee accepted. Keep copies of all of your emails, or other
forms of correspondence used to back up the agreement if necessary. Ideally,
provide a written summary of the agreed upon terms.
Will the USCIS Accept Your Contract?
Naturally, you want to have the visa approval process go as smoothly as
possible. Time is of the essence when there are tight schedules to meet
in big projects or events. It is important that the contract meet the
strict standards of the USCIS.
For more information about acceptable contracts documents for O-1 visa
applications, contact the
Law Offices of Michael M. Felix.