The O1 visa is available to people of extraordinary ability in the field of arts, science, education, business or athletics. You must have achieved a level of expertise indicating that you are among the few individuals who have risen to the very top of the field of endeavor.
Foreign nationals who have received major prizes or awards or other recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of arts, sciences, education, business or athletics and with a job offer from a U.S. company
Foreign nationals who have produced original scientific or scholarly contributions in the academic fields and with a job offer from a U.S. company
Artists and entertainers of extraordinary ability affiliated with motion picture or television industry U.S. companies to hire foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the field of arts, sciences, education, business or athletics
You can enter the U.S. and accept employment in a position which requires people of extraordinary ability
You do not have to maintain a foreign residence and show intent to return to your home country while applying for the visa
Your dependents can stay with you as long as you maintain your O1 visa status. They can also attend school
You can freely travel in and out of the U.S. provided you have a valid O Visa US
To sponsor an O1 visa, your employer must prove that services performed by the O1 visa holder would:
Primarily involve a specific scientific or educational project, conference, convention, lecture, or exhibit sponsored by scientific or educational organizations or establishments or Consist of a specific business project that requires an extraordinary executive, manager, or highly technical person due to the complexity of the project
As per the O1 visa requirements, you must have sustained national or international acclaim by receiving major internationally recognized awards such as the Nobel Prize, or provide proof of at least three of the following:
To change the purpose of your visit while you are in the U.S. with an O1 visa application, you must change your visa status.The information provided here is applicable to New O1 Visa and O1 Extension.
You cannot apply for an O1 visa as an individual. A U.S. employer has to sponsor your O1 visa. To sponsor you, the employer must file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, with the Form I-129O/P supplement, and supporting documentation. The petition is submitted to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Service center with jurisdiction over the location of the job. Once the USCIS approves of the O1 visa petition, you may apply for the O1 visa at an American Consulate overseas.
An O1 petition is filed on USCIS Form I-129, along with the I-129 O/P Supplement. Your O1 petition documents must include:
If you are overseas, the USCIS will notify the consulate nearest your Place of residence of the approval. You must take the O1 approval notice to the American Consulate to obtain the O1 visa. If you are already in the U.S., you can start working for your employer as soon as you receive the approval with change or extension of status.
You may have your O1 petition adjudicated within 15 calendar days by applying for premium processing. For an additional fee of US $1,440, the USCIS guarantees a prompt decision on your O1 petition. You will receive either an approval notice, a request for further evidence, a notice of intent to deny the petition, or a notice of investigation for fraud or misrepresentation within 15 calendar days from the date you applied for premium processing of your O1 visa. If it fails to respond within 15 calendar days, it will refund the $1,440 fee and continue to process the petition under the expedited process.
To apply for the O1 visa, you must furnish the original or a copy of the Notice of Action, Form I-797A or B (the approval notice forwarded to your employer when the petition is approved). Your visa application must include the following documents:
There is no limit on the length of your stay in the U.S. You can stay for an unlimited period with one year extensions as long as you continue in the same position or activity for which you were granted O1 visa.
Note: If you terminate employment with the petitioning employer, you will immediately lose O1 status and if the employer dismisses you prior to the date authorized by USCIS, the employer is responsible for your return transportation to your last place of residence outside the U.S.
Spouses and/or children under the age of 21 who wish to accompany or join you in the U.S. for the duration of your stay can apply for O3 visas.
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