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Everything You Need to Know About the O1 Visa

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The O1 visa is a category of non-immigrant visa in the United States, intended for individuals who demonstrate exceptional talent in fields such as sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. This visa allows individuals to work in their field of expertise in the U.S. for a temporary period of time. In this article, we will provide you with everything you need to know about the O visa.

The O1 Visa USA is a transitory work visa for individuals possessing exceptional skills in various domains. It is divided into two categories: the O1A Visa, designed for individuals with exceptional abilities in education, science, sports, or business, and the O1B Visa, intended for professionals in the arts, television, or film industries. The O1 applicant can also request to bring their support staff on an O2 Visa and family members on an O3 Visa. In contrast to most visa categories, O1 Visa holders have the privilege to apply for a Green Card (US Permanent Residency) during their stay in the United States.


Eligibility O1 Visa Requirements

Extraordinary Ability

  • Provide evidence of sustained national or international acclaim in the field of expertise.
  • Achievements recognized and documented by experts in the field.
  • Must be one of the few who have risen to the top of the field.
  • Require outstanding achievements, for example, ability in the arts, television industries, or motion picture.

Specific Criteria

  • Awards and prizes received for excellence in the field.
  • Membership in professional associations.
  • Published material about the individual’s work.
  • Participation as a judge of the work of others.
  • Original contributions of major significance in the field.
  • High salary or remuneration for services.

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Application Process O1 Visa


  • Must have a U.S. employer or agent to act as a sponsor.
  • Agents must be authorized by the employer to act on their behalf.

Form I-129

  • Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.
  • Must be filed by the employer or agent on behalf of the individual.

Supporting Documents

  • Evidence of extraordinary ability.
  • Itinerary of events or activities in the U.S.
  • Contracts or agreements related to the work.
  • Letters of recommendation from experts in the field.

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Duration and Extensions US O1 Visa

  • The initial duration of stay is a maximum of 3 years.
  • Extensions can be granted in increments of up to 1 year.
  • No maximum limit on the number of extensions.

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  • Spouses and unmarried children under 21 can accompany the 01 visa holder.
  • Spouses can apply for work authorization.

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Why make Global Immigration Partners Your O1 Talent Visas Lawyers

Global Immigration Partners have assisted numerous clients in successfully applying for an O1 Visa without any rejections.

We have collaborated with individuals from various fields such as acting, singing, business leadership, sports, culinary arts, costume designing, and more. Despite the stringent eligibility requirements set by the US government for the O1 visa, we can aid you in constructing a compelling case against these criteria.

If our legal team believes that your O1 visa application might not be successful, we will guide you in exploring other potential pathways to the United States.



The O1 visa offers a fantastic chance for people with exceptional skills to be employed in the United States. By meeting the eligibility requirements and going through the application process, individuals can pursue their careers and contribute to their field of expertise in the U.S.




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