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Help needed! Asking for a Brazilian friend who just recently had his O-1 visa approved (first one after an OPT). he got started on a couple jobs, but he’s always getting stuck on the “your I-94 is expired” issue. Some lawyers told him to leave the country, but he can’t seem to schedule an interview in any US consulates, as most are still closed/not taking non emergency cases due to covid. Has anyone been through this situation or have any tips on how to work around it? Thank you!

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O-1? Couple of jobs? Thought O-1 let’s you work for only one employer?

What do you mean a couple of jobs? O1 only allows him to work for one employee, unless he has multiple O1 for different employees. The i94 for Brazil expires within 3 months. But his stay is up to 3 years. When he got in the US, the date he has up to stay should be noted with the stamp in his passport. If only he leaves the US for a short trip, then he would go to a US embassy for an interview and getting a renewed visa and then a new i94 at port of entrance, which will expire in 3 months, so the loop starts again.

You can have a O1 and freelance by having an “agent” as your employer

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