O Visa: Persons of Extraordinary Ability

What are the Categories?

O-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability Arts, Motion Pictures, TV, Music

O-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability Sciences, Athletics, Business, Education

What are the requirements for O-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability Arts, Motion Pictures, TV, Music ?

Known as the Artist Visa or the Entertainment Visa

Extraordinary means skill and recognition significantly above that ordinarily encountered

Must meet 3 out of the following criteria:

Major award or lesser national or international  prizes of awards

Press/Media Coverage

Significant recognition for achievements from organizations, experts, etc. (testimonial/recommendation letters)

Lead, starring, or critical role for distinguished productions/events

Lead, starring, or critical role for distinguished organizations

High compensation/salary

Critical or commercial success (box office/film festivals)

Acting as a judge (for awards, etc.)

What are the requirements for O-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability Sciences, Athletics, Business, Education?

Extraordinary means one of that small percentage who has risen to the very top of the field of endeavor

Must meet 3 out of the following criteria:

Lesser national or international prizes of awards

Membership in associations requiring outstanding achievements

Published materials written by others about the alien

Participation, individually, or on a panel, as the judge of the work of others

Original contributions of major significance

Authorship of books or articles

Conference presentations

Critical role for distinguished organizations

High compensation/salary

Commercial success

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