O-1 Visa: Aliens of Extraordinary Ability

At the Jain Law Firm, we have handled numerous cases and have the necessary experience involving O-1 Visas. Foreign nationals who have extraordinary ability in science, art, education, business, or athletics may apply for O-1 visa. The applicant must have demonstrated sustained national or international acclaim and show achievements that have been recognized in the field. The evidence to show extra ability is to have attained high level of expertise and that the person is one of small percentage risen to the top of the field.

The applicant must demonstrate at least three of the following:

  • Receipt of nationally or internationally recognized awards or prizes for excellence in his/her field.
  • Membership in associations in the field of extraordinary ability, which require outstanding achievement for membership, as judged by national or international experts.
  • Citations in professional publications, written by others about the individual's work in the field. Include the title, date, and author and any translation, if necessary.
  • Participation on a panel or as a judge of the work of others in the same or an allied field.
  • Original scientific, scholarly or business contributions of major significance to the field.
  • Authorship of scholarly articles in the field in professional journals or major media.
  • Previous employment in a critical capacity for organizations and/or establishments that have a distinguished reputation.
  • Evidence of high salary or other significantly high remuneration for services in relation to others in the field, as proven by contracts or other evidence.

Period of Stay

Initial period of stay in O-1 status is three (3) years and may be extended in one year increments. There is no limit to the number of extensions.