The O-1 visa for “Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement” is a non-immigrant visa granted to individuals who have “special abilities” and their dependents and attendants. Although vague, those appellations have been precisely defined by immigration laws and courts, and the criteria must be closely demonstrated in order to obtain the coveted visa.
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The Extraordinary Ability or Achievement is defined as “a level of expertise indicating that the person is one of the small percentage who has risen to the very top of the field of endeavor” in the sciences, education, business, or athletics (O-1A visas), or the arts or in motion picture or television industry (O-1B visas)
The attendants (or support personnel) can be admitted under O-2 visas upon demonstrating that the O-1 visa holder needs them to accomplish his or her mission.
Along with the application package, the U.S. petitioner will have to submit a written consultation from a labor organization specialized in the considered field, evidencing that the individual is a recognized expert in this field.Back to FAQs