The O-1 nonimmigrant visa category is available to foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in a variety of fields. This visa is split into two distinct categories. The O-1A visa is reserved for individuals with extraordinary abilities in the sciences, education, business, or athletics. The O-1B visa is for individuals with extraordinary abilities in the arts or achievement in the motion picture or television industry.
Any individuals who will assist an O-1 artist or athlete with a specific event may enter the United States in O-2 status. Further, the spouse and children of an O-1 visa holder are permitted to enter the United States by obtaining an O-3 visa.
In order to qualify for an O-1 visa, the beneficiary must show that they have extraordinary ability in their field which has been shown by sustained national or international acclaim, been recognized through extensive documentation, and is coming to continue to work in their area of extraordinary ability.
To show this, the beneficiary must have evidence that they are the recipient of a major internationally recognized award (such as a Fields Medal or a Nobel Prize), or they must present at least three of the following form of evidence.
The beneficiary may also submit comparable evidence to establish their eligibility if none of the above are readily applicable to their endeavor.
O-1 visas are granted for the duration of a specific “event” such as a research project, an athletic season, or a music tour for an initial period of up to three years. However, O visas may be extended an indefinite number of times in increments of one year.
If you are an individual of extraordinary ability looking to enter the United States, you may need help from an immigration O-1 visa lawyer. Our team of dedicated attorneys could help you through this process and address any concerns you may have. For more information about how we could help you, feel free to call our office.