O-1 Visa for an Extraordinary Ability Worker
The O-1 visa allows talented people with outstanding abilities in art, science, sports, and business to go live in the United States and work there legally.
What is an O-1 visa?
This visa is issued to foreign nationals who have outstanding talents and have reached heights in art, science, sports, and business. Achievements must be recognized locally or internationally. A person must have such knowledge or abilities that will set him apart from other people. This visa can be obtained by musicians, artists, actors, film and TV figures, athletes, scientists, entrepreneurs, researchers, designers, photographers, chefs, hairdressers and other people with extraordinary abilities. This is a great way for talented people to immigrate to the United States.
Advantages of O-1 Visa
Categories The “O” visa types:
O-1 Visa in the U. S.
O-1 has two types:
O-1A is obtained by people with outstanding abilities in the fields of science, sport, education, and business;
O-1B is received by people with outstanding abilities in the arts, film and TV industries;
O-2 Visa in the U. S.
People who accompanying the artist or athlete with an O1 visa can receive O-2 Visa (assistants, assistants, accompanying staff). The assistant must be an integral part of the activities of the O-1 holder. An assistant must have such important skills and experience for a successful performance or activity with an O-1 holder that an employee of a US citizen cannot easily fill.
O-3 Visa in the U. S.
O-3 is issued to spouses and children (under 21) of O-1 and O-2 visa holders. It turns out that even the assistants will be able to take the family with them.
O-1 Visa Requirements
To obtain an O-1 visa, you need to prove that you have outstanding abilities. You need to fall under the minimum of 3 out of 10 criteria by which such abilities are evaluated:
Some items may scare you, but not so bad.
For example, if you are a graphic designer, and your mobile application has fallen into the collections of the AppStore or Google Play, then it will come for an international award.
To fit the criterion number 2 – to be a member of a professional organization, it is enough to own an account on Dribbble or Behance (online community of designers).
It is not necessary to have publications only in the press. Also suitable for publication on websites and blogs.
Terms for O-1 Visa
Duration of stay and the extension of the status Visa O1 is issued for 3 years. It can be renewed an unlimited number of times – annually for 1 year until the end of life. In the second year, you can apply for a Green Card.
If you are interested in this visa and you want to assess your chances of getting it, contact Gasana Law Firm and get a free consultation with a Houston immigration lawyer.