O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for people who possess extraordinary abilities

The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for individuals who possess extraordinary abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or have demonstrated a record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and have been recognized nationally and internationally. for those achievements.

Types of O-1 Visa

  • O-1A Visa
    This visa was made for those people with extraordinary abilities in science, education, business or athletics. Does not include the arts, film industry or television industry.
  • O-1B Visa
    This visa was made for those people with extraordinary abilities in the arts or extraordinary achievements in the film industry or television industry.
  • O-2 Visa
    This visa was made for those people who accompanied the artist or athlete of the O-1 application to a specific event or presentation.
  • O-3 Visa
    This visa was made for those people who are the spouse or unmarried children under the age of 21 of O-1 and O-2 nonimmigrants. Spouses on this visa cannot work while they have spousal status.
The O-1 Visa is not permanent. This visa is especially used for them to develop some activity related to their field for a limited time.
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Requirements to be eligible for the O-1 Visa

You must demonstrate extraordinary ability by sustained national and international acclaim and must come to the United States on a temporary basis to work in the area of ​​your extraordinary ability. It is important that you demonstrate that you have national and/or international awards that recognize your work.

You must have extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business or athletics, that means you must have achieved a level of specialty and therefore be considered part of a small percentage of people who are in the highest sphere of your field. specialty field.

You must have extraordinary ability in the field of arts, that means you must have an important distinction. A higher degree of skill must have been achieved. You must have achieved prominent recognition and be renowned or well known in the field of arts.

In the motion picture or television industry, extraordinary achievement must be demonstrated by a degree of skill and recognition significantly above what is commonly found, to the point that the person is recognized as extraordinary, notable, or outstanding in the field of motion pictures.

If you are a potential artist, you must show evidence that you are recognized as outstanding in your area, either showing that you have been nominated or have received national or international awards or recognitions and meet at least 3 of these 5 points:

Has provided or will provide services as the main protagonist of a production or event that has a distinguished reputation demonstrated by reviews, advertising, publications or contracts.

It has been received by critics, respectable publications, newspapers, magazines, etc. National or international recognition for your achievements.

Has played a leading, critical or main role in organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation, as demonstrated by media articles, testimonials, letters of recommendation, reviews on web pages and the like. He has a renowned record of success.

It has gained significant recognition from organizations, critics, government agencies, respected experts, etc.

He has received a high salary as compensation.

O-1 Visa Duration

It has a maximum duration of 3 years. At this time nonimmigrants with special skills can apply for a permanent visa, but other requirements must be met. There is the possibility of renewing the visa each year only if it is necessary and it is proven that you will stay in the country to continue developing the talent expressed in the visa.

There are two types of accompaniment in the O-2

If you are a companion of an O-1A visa holder, the assistance must be an “integral part” of your activities. If you are a companion of a person with an O-1B visa, the assistance must be “essential” to the conclusion of a project or production.

Requirement for an O-2 companion

Must have critical O-1 skills and experiences that cannot be easily performed by a U.S. worker and that are essential to successful production fulfillment.

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