The O category is reserved for individuals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics (O1), the artist’s or athlete’s support staff (O2), and the O1’s spouse and/or children (O3). To qualify, the alien must be coming to the U.S. to work in his or her area of extraordinary ability or achievement.
There is currently no annual cap on the number of O visas that are issued each fiscal year. Furthermore, there is no limit to number of times that an individual may be granted O status. As a result, if an individual can continuously demonstrate eligibility for O status, he or she may be granted extensions an indefinite number of times.
The standards for the O category is very stringent. The individual must be able to show sustained acclaim based on his or her extraordinary talents and achievements. Often the documentary requirements can be daunting, and it is best to plan the O1 petition filing well before the individual’s anticipated arrival into the United States.
The O1 category also applies to aliens who are coming temporarily and have extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry.
A U.S. employer should file the I-129 petition with:
1) A written advisory opinion;
2) A copy of any written contract between the employer and the alien or a summary of the terms of the oral agreement under which the alien will be employed;
3) Evidence the alien has received, or been nominated for, significant national or international awards or prizes in the particular field, such as an Academy Award, Emmy, Grammy or Director’s Guild Award, or evidence of at least three of the following:
To discuss this option, please feel free to schedule a consultation.
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