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Extraordinary Ability (O visa) | Zontlaw


A foreign national who possesses extraordinary ability, or a record of outstanding achievement, in: education, business, the arts, or science; may be eligible for this nonimmigrant Visa.

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The O visa is a nonimmigrant visa given to foreign nationals who possess extraordinary talent or knowledge in the arts, the sciences, business, education, or athletics, or have a proven record of exceptional accomplishments in cinema or television. This person must have received national or international recognition for their achievements in their field.

There are multiple subcategories of O visas available to meet a variety of different needs. The subcategories include:

  • O-1A- for foreign nationals who demonstrate exceptional talent or knowledge in athletics, business, education, or the sciences
  • O-1B- for foreign nationals who possess extraordinary ability in the arts or exceptional achievement in cinema or television
  • O-2- for persons who will assist the foreign national in their endeavors or performances while in the U.S. Specific criteria apply to assistants in each of the visa subcategories
  • O-3- this subcategory allows the spouse and/or children of the primary visa holder to accompany him or her to the U.S.




Who is Eligible?
To qualify for an O-1 visa, you must be coming to the U.S. temporarily to continue your endeavors in the specified field that you have a record of extraordinary ability in and have been nationally or internationally recognized for. By USCIS definition, extraordinary ability for:
  • Athletics, business, education, or science, is an exceptional level of expertise that places the foreign national in the top 1 percent of their field.
  • Arts, is distinction demonstrated by a high level of accomplishment in the field due to exceptional skill and recognition.
  • The company you will help establish in the U.S. must be affiliated with the foreign company, and the foreign company must continue to do business
  • Cinema or television, is an exceptional level of achievement and recognition accomplished because of significant skill and talent.



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