O-1 Visa – Extraordinary Ability or Achievement
What is an O-1 visa?
The O-1 nonimmigrant visa allows individuals who have extraordinary abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business, or sports to enter and remain in the United States for short-term employment. Often referred to as “specialized skill visas” and “extraordinary ability visas,” O-1 visas are most often granted to:
- Performers, musicians, actors, and actresses
- Educators, scholars, and researchers
- Prominent figures with achievements in motion picture or television
O-2 visas can also be issued to individuals who accompany the O-1 holder to assist with the events or performance that the O-1 holder will be participating in.
Applying for an O-1 visa
A U.S. employer, agent, or foreign employer through a U.S. agent must submit Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, which should include all documentary evidence, on the worker’s behalf. The employer or agent should file Form I-129 at least 45 days before the date of employment.
Period of Stay
The initial period of stay can be up to three (3) years. USCIS will determine additional extensions of stay in increments of up to one (1) year.
Can my family accompany me?
Spouses and children under 21 years of age of O-1 and O-2 visa holders are also permitted to reside in the U.S. under an O-3 classification. They cannot accept employment but may attend school or college.