The O-1 is a temporary work visa granted in three-year increments with one-year extensions—allowing individuals of extraordinary ability to work in the United States for a single employer or sponsor. A significant reason to consider an O-1 Visa is that essential assistants of the person with extraordinary ability can qualify for an O-2 Visa, which allows them entry into the United States for work as well. For example, a scientist might be able to obtain an O-2 Visa for an essential lab assistant or an actor may need an O-2 for a publicist.
O1 Visa to EB1 Green Card
How do I qualify?
Applicants must show that they have received a major award in their fields, such as a Nobel Prize. In the absence of such an award, an applicant must provide evidence of at least three of the following:
- Awards or prizes for excellence in the field
- Membership in related associations that require outstanding achievements to join
- Published articles about the applicant and the applicant’s work in the field
- Significant and original contributions to the field
- Articles the applicant has authored that have been published in scholarly journals
- A salary that indicates the applicant has extraordinary ability
- Evidence that the applicant has been on a panel that judges others in the field or has done so individually
- That the applicant has been employed by a distinguished organization or establishment in an essential capacity
O-1B aka Artist Visa
The O-1B is sometimes referred to as the artist visa because a great deal of people applying are artists, designers, film and music industry professionals.
O-1 Sponsor Requirements –
- To work in the USA, you must show a company in the US wants to hire you.
- The sponsor/employer can be either a U.S. Company, or an individual acting as an agent.
- You can work for multiple employers, as long as all job offers are submitted with your file.
O-1B Visa applicants must have won a major award, such as an Oscar or Grammy, or show evidence of at least three of the following:
- Evidence of past or future performances in a leading role or as a star participant in distinguished events or productions
- National or International recognition for past achievements
- Evidence of past or future performances as a lead or star participant for distinguished organizations or establishments
- Evidence of significant commercial success or critical recognition
- Recognition from critics, experts or government agencies for achievements in the field
- Evidence of receiving compensation for work that demonstrates an extraordinary ability as compared to the compensation received by others in the field
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