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O1 Visa for Extraordinary Ability

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The O1 visa is a non-immigrant work visa granted to individuals who have extraordinary ability in their chosen profession. The O1 visa holder must work in the area of his or her extraordinary ability and the level of extraordinary ability that must be shown is dependent on the individual’s field of endeavor.

O1A Visa for Extraordinary Ability in Sciences, Education, Business, or Athletics

Obtaining an O1 visa for extraordinary ability in the fields of science, education, business or athletics means proving that the O1 applicant is one of a small percentage of who has risen to the top of his or her field.

Specifically, for the O1A visa, the applicant must show that he or she has received a major, internationally-recognized award, or at least three of the following:

  • A nationally or internationally recognized award or prize for excellence in their endeavor
  • Membership in associations in which it is required to have outstanding achievements
  • Published content about the beneficiary or the beneficiary’s work in a major or professional publication, newspaper, or other form of media
  • Contributions of substantial significance in their field
  • Scholarly articles published in professional journals or major media in their field
  • Contracts or other evidence indicating a high salary for their services
  • Function as a judge of others in the same field
  • Employment by distinguished organizations in a critical capacity

O1B Visa for Extraordinary Ability in the Arts, Motion Picture, or Television Industry

The O1 visa is also granted to individuals who have extraordinary ability in the arts, motion picture, or television industry. This is the O1B visa. Extraordinary ability in the field of arts, motion pictures or television means distinction. Distinction means a level of achievement which is substantially above that normally encountered in his or her respective field.

For the O1B visa, the applicant must show that he or she has received, or been nominated for, significant national or international awards or prizes in the particular field, or at least three of the following:

  • Lead or star participant in distinguished productions or events that are acknowledged by advertisements, publications, or other
  • National or international recognition for achievements that are acknowledged by major media or reviews
  • Past or future performance in a critical or starring role for distinguished entities recognized by various media sources
  • Record of significant success as evidenced by box office receipts, ratings, and more
  • Substantial recognition for achievements from experts in the beneficiary’s field, critics, government agencies, and other organizations
  • Contracts for other evidence indicating a high salary for their services

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Since 2005, The Alagiri Immigration Law Firm has helped numerous clients obtain their desired outcomes. With a high level of personal service and a commitment to our clients, we are proud to have a long legacy of positive results.

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