O-1 Visa For Individuals With Extraordinary Abilities

O-1 Visa For Individuals With
Extraordinary Abilities

The O-1 visa application must be submitted along with a “Consultation Opinion”, evidence documenting the alien’s extraordinary ability, and details of the proposed work in the U.S. The petition is to be approved for the duration of the event in which the alien will participate, for a maximum of three years. One-year extensions are permitted thereafter with no maximum cumulative duration.

To prove the alien’s extraordinary ability, documentation must be adequate to support extraordinary ability as demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim; substantial documentation in at least 3 of the acceptable evidence categories defined by statute; a written advisory opinion from a peer group; the employer petition on behalf of the employee; and an offer of employment.

Generally, to qualify for O-1A classification, aliens of extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics must demonstrate sustained national or international acclaim and recognition for achievements in the field of expertise by providing evidence of: