- Prominence in field
- Consultation from an organization or expert
- Must have U.S. employer or agent
- Valid for up to three years (extensions permissible)
O-1 Extraordinary Ability
The O-1 nonimmigrant visas are for people of “extraordinary ability.” The regulations also provide for O-2 visas for supporting workers and O-3 visas for dependants of O-1 and O-2. Eligibility for O visas is based on nonacademic achievements. There are no numerical limits on the O visas issuable each year.
O petitions may be valid for up to three years, with extensions in one-year increments.
A foreign national cannot self-petition for an O-1 visa; a U.S. employer is required. The regulations permit an “agent” to act as an employer and to pay the foreign national. For more details see extraordinary ability (EB-1) green card.
Steps for Obtaining an O-1 Visa
Lawler & Lawler sends questionnaire for data and documents. We analyze the facts and evidence.
We gather proof of extraordinary ability, and help applicant and employer with endorsement letters.
File petition with USCIS with change of status application if foreign national is in the U.S.
USCIS decides petition.
If foreign national is abroad or when travels, assist with visa at consul.