Below is a general summary of the O-1 visa for immigrants with extraordinary abilities. It is not intended to serve as a comprehensive outline of all aspects of US Immigration Law pertaining to the O-1 visa.
The O visa is a working visa designed for highly talented or acclaimed foreign nationals. The O classification can be a useful and flexible alternative to the H-1B visa program.
The O visa is available to a foreign national who can demonstrate his or her extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics (or extraordinary achievement in the field of film or television). Extraordinary ability is considered “a level of expertise indicating that the person is one of the small percentage who have risen to the very top of the field of endeavor.”
All O-1 petitions must include an advisory opinion from a consultative organization, describing the beneficiary’s ability and achievements in the field. This consultation requirement can be waived if one can demonstrate that an appropriate union does not exist for the field.
To learn more about O-1 visas in particular fields, click on the links below. If you have questions or need assistance obtaining an O-1 visa, we welcome you to contact Chawla Law Group. We work with foreign nationals seeking O-1 visas throughout California and around the globe.