Explore our collection of frequently asked questions to gain clarity on the O-1 Visa process, its requirements, and nuances. From eligibility to application, we’ve got your queries covered.

  • Extraordinary ability for the O-1A visa refers to a level of expertise indicating that the individual is one of the small percentages who has risen to the very top of their field in science, education, business, or athletics. For the O-1B visa, it means a high level of achievement in the arts, evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition substantially above that ordinarily encountered.

  • Major international recognition can include awards such as a Nobel Prize, Pulitzer, Oscar, Olympic Medal, or other high-prestige awards in your field. However, other lesser-known but still significant awards can also be considered.

  • These could be industry-specific awards or recognition that require significant accomplishment in your field to attain.

  • This could be a discovery, development, or creation that has had a substantial impact on your field. It could be a scientific breakthrough, a novel business strategy, a unique artistic style, or an athletic feat.

  • This includes recognition such as box office success, high ratings, significant album sales, or positive critical reviews.

  • Evidence could include contracts showing your salary, bank statements, or other official documentation. It is important that the salary or remuneration is high in relation to others in the field.

  • You can still demonstrate extraordinary ability by meeting at least three of the other criteria for the O-1A or O-1B visa.

  • This criterion involves instances where you’ve been asked to judge the work of others in your field, either individually or as part of a panel or committee.

  • Scholarly articles should be in your field of extraordinary ability and must have been published in professional journals, major media, or other significant platforms.

  • Evidence could include job titles, descriptions of duties, letters from the organization, or other indicators that you play or have played an important role in a high-quality organization in your field.

  • You should provide proof of membership and a description or evidence showing that the association requires outstanding achievements of its members, as judged by recognized national or international experts.

  • Yes, you can apply for a change of status from within the United States. However, this process has its own set of requirements and you should seek advice on this matter.

  • No, there is no minimum stay requirement. However, if you leave the U.S, you may need a new visa to return.

  • Yes, your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 can apply for O-3 visas to accompany you, but they are not permitted to work in the U.S.

  • Yes, you can apply for a green card while on an O-1 visa. The O-1 visa is a “dual intent” visa, which means you can have the intention to immigrate permanently to the U.S.

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