To qualify for an O-1A visa, the applicant must demonstrate extraordinary ability by sustained national or international acclaim. Here are the criteria that the applicant must meet:
- Receipt of a major internationally recognized award, such as a Nobel Prize, or
- Evidence of at least three of the following:
- Receipt of nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in the field.
- Membership in associations in the field which require outstanding achievement of their members.
- Published material about the applicant in professional or major trade publications or other major media.
- Participation, on a panel or individually, as a judge of the work of others in the same or an allied field of specialization.
- Original scientific, scholarly, or business-related contributions of major significance.
- Authorship of scholarly articles in the field, in professional journals, or other major media.
- Employment in a critical or essential capacity for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation.
- High salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field.
The process of applying for an O-1A visa involves multiple steps:
- Gather Evidence: Collect documentation that proves you meet the eligibility criteria.
- Obtain Consultation: Get an advisory opinion from a peer group or individual with expertise in your field.
- Petition: A U.S. employer, agent, or foreign employer must file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- Wait for Approval: Upon approval of the petition, you may apply for a visa.
Duration and Extension:
The O-1A visa is initially granted for up to 3 years. Further extensions may be granted in 1-year increments, as long as the individual continues the same event or activities that the original O-1A visa was approved for.
While the O-1A visa application process may seem challenging, it provides a path for talented and accomplished individuals to bring their unique skills to the United States. Our website provides all the necessary resources and a community of peers to help you navigate this process.