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The O-1 Non-Immigrant Visa allows individuals who possess an extraordinary ability or extraordinary achievement in certain fields, which have been nationally or internationally recognized.  There are two “O-1” classifications:

  • O-1A : for individuals with an extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics

  • O-1B :  for individuals with an extraordinary ability in the arts of extraordinary achievement in a motion picture or television industry


You must demonstrate an extraordinary ability from the above listed fields and must be coming to the United States temporarily to continue work in that area of your extraordinary ability.  Applicant MUST meet (3) three of the (8) eight qualifications:

  1. Has received a National or International recognized prize or award for excellence

  2. Is a member of an association requiring outstanding achievements, as judged by National or International experts

  3. Has published material in a professional or major trade publication relating to your field

  4. Has participated on a panel as a judge of the work of others in the same field

  5. Has made an original scientific, scholarly, or business- related contribution of major significance

  6. Has authored scholarly articles in professional journals or other major media

  7. Were employed in reputable and distinguished organizations

  8. Received a high salary for your services



  • Time Limit :  It is possible to receive O-1 Visa for (3) three years and renew it indefinitely

  • Application Time : Dependent upon applicant’s schedule

  • Visa Cap : None

  • Processing : Premium Processing available

  • Green Card : It is possible to apply for a Green Card through other related visas



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