By Morgan Rosinia, Partner |

For Israeli citizens seeking to transition from an O visa to a green card in the United States, there are several avenues available, each with its own set of requirements and processes. The O visa, designated for individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement in their field, serves as a valuable starting point for those looking to establish long-term residency in the U.S. The following is a brief overview of the options:

1. Employment-Based Immigration

Israeli nationals on O visas may explore employment-based immigration options such as the EB-1A (Extraordinary Ability), EB-1B (Outstanding Researcher/Professor), or EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) categories. Each of these pathways requires demonstrating exceptional abilities or significant contributions in their respective fields.

2. Family-Based Immigration

For O visa holders with immediate family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (green card holders), family-based immigration offers another route. Spouses, parents, and unmarried children under 21 of U.S. citizens, as well as spouses and unmarried children under 21 of green card holders, may be eligible to apply for a green card through family sponsorship.

3. Diversity Visa Lottery

Another potential avenue for Israeli nationals is the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as the Green Card Lottery. This program randomly selects individuals from countries, including Israel, with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. While not a guaranteed option, winning the diversity visa lottery can lead to permanent residency.

4. Investment-Based Immigration

Israeli entrepreneurs and investors may consider the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, which requires investing a significant amount of capital in a U.S. commercial enterprise that creates or preserves jobs. This pathway offers a direct route to obtaining a green card for both the investor and their immediate family members.

Regardless of the chosen pathway, transitioning from an O visa to a green card requires careful planning, documentation, and adherence to immigration regulations. Consulting with an experienced immigration attorney can be invaluable in navigating the complexities of the process and maximizing the chances of a successful outcome.

Kan-Tor and Acco has years of experience with such cases and can assist in the transition from O visa to green card.  Please contact for more information or to schedule a consultation meeting.