What if you could live & work in the U.S. based on merit, not chance?

If you've never heard of the term "talent visas" before, you're in the right place.
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So… 1990 was a big year for the United States

President Bush signed into law a bunch of new visas, including the F-1 OPT, H-1B, and something called the "O-1."
The O-1, along with a few more visas - like the EB-1A, EB-1B, and EB-2 NIW - falls under the class of "talent visas", given to immigrants based on merit.
What are talent visas?

Talent visas are given to immigrants based on their - you guessed it - talent

Unlike the H-1B, which has now become a gamble (~20% selection rate in 2023), talent visas are not given out through a lottery system.

They were introduced by the U.S. government to attract amazing immigrants from across the world to move to the country.

... and not have to go through the hassle of a lottery.

Here’s how talent visas differ from an H-1B

We've picked the most common talent visa - O-1A - for this comparison
Annual cap on number of visas given out
Must make minimum wage set by Dept. of Labor
Application window
Go through a lottery system
Job role must be related to your degree
Filing it as a founder
Duration on visa
Easy (in fact, most founders get O-1 visas!)
6 years maximum
No limitation
File if your name gets picked in the March lottery
File anytime
If approved, earliest H-1B becomes effective is Oct 1st for initial filing
If approved, change of status is immediate



Change of status
*There's an annual cap of 65,000 visas set aside for anyone graduating with a bachelor's degree. There's an additional 20,000 visas set aside for those with an advanced degree.
As you can see, clearly there's a BIG benefit to checking out talent visas.

Now, the million-dollar question: who are these visas for?


Talent visas are not only for superheroes, Nobel Prize winners, and Olympic athletes. If you don't believe us, hear it from the lion's mouth.


Talent visas are also not for everyone, or most people. Their purpose was and is to attract top talent from across the world into the country.

Talent visas are for immigrants with extraordinary abilities who have reached the top of their field — whether it be in arts, sciences, athletics, business, film, TV, or education.

They're not easy to get. They are meant for folks who've contributed significantly to their field. But, that being said, in 2023, less than 5000 people in STEM fields (engineers, founders, scientists, product leaders, etc) applied for the O-1A.

Does that mean there are only 5000 people out of the millions of STEM experts talented enough to get the visa? Heck, no.

That's why we built unshackled.club: to lower the barrier so more talented immigrants take a shot.

Great. You know the basics now.
Let’s take you to the next level.

Join our free, 5-day course on talent visas.

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