O1 Visa

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

11. What are the documents required with the O-1 petition?

Petitions for O-1 foreign nationals must be accompanied by:

  1. Evidence specified in the particular section for the classification
  2. Copies of any written contracts between the employer and yourself. If there is no written contract, a summary of the terms of the oral agreement under which you will be employed
  3. Explanation of the nature of the events or activities, the beginning and ending dates for the events or activities, and a copy of any itinerary for the events or activities
  4. Written advisory opinion(s) from the appropriate consulting entity or entities

12. What evidence must I provide as O-1 alien of extraordinary ability in the field of science, education, business, or athletics?

You must demonstrate sustained national or international acclaim and recognition for achievements in the field of expertise by providing evidence of either:

1.Receipt of a major, internationally recognized award, such as the Nobel Prize, or

2. At least three of the following:

a.Documentation of receipt of nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in the field of endeavor

b.Documentation of membership in associations in the field for which classification is sought. The membership must require outstanding achievements of their members, as judged by recognized national or international experts in their disciplines or fields

c.Published material in professional or major trade publications or major media about your work in the field for which classification is sought, which shall include the title, date, and author of such published material, and any necessary translation

d.Evidence of participation on a panel, or individually, as a judge of the work of others in the same or in an allied field of specialization to that for which classification is sought

e.Evidence of original scientific, scholarly, or business-related contributions of major significance in the field

f.Evidence of authorship of scholarly articles in the field, in professional journals, or other major media

g.Evidence that you have been employed in a critical or essential capacity for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation

f.Evidence that you have either commanded a high salary or will command a high salary or other remuneration for services, evidenced by contracts or other reliable evidence

Note: If the above criteria do not readily apply to your occupation, the employer may submit comparable evidence in order to establish your eligibility.

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13. What evidence must I provide as O-1 alien of extraordinary ability in the arts?

You must be recognized as being prominent in your field of endeavor by providing either:

1.Evidence that you have been nominated for, or have been the recipient of, significant national or international awards or prizes in the particular field such as an Academy Award, an Emmy, a Grammy, or a Director’s Guild Award, or

2. Evidence that you have:

a.Performed, and will perform, services as a lead or starring participant in productions or events which have a distinguished reputation as evidenced by critical reviews, advertisements, publicity releases, publications contracts, or endorsements

b.Achieved national or international recognition for achievements evidenced by critical reviews or other published materials by or about the individual in major newspapers, trade journals, magazines, or other publications

c.Performed, and will perform, in a lead, starring, or critical role for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation evidenced by articles in newspapers, trade journals, publications, or testimonials

d.Records of major commercial or critically acclaimed successes as evidenced by such indicators as title, rating, standing in the field, box office receipts, motion picture or television ratings, and other occupational achievements reported in trade journals, major newspapers,or other publications

e.Received significant recognition for achievements from organizations, critics, government agencies, or other recognized experts in the field in which you are engaged. Such testimonials must be in a form which clearly indicates the author’s authority, expertise, and knowledge of your achievements

f.Commanded a high salary or will command a high salary or other substantial remuneration for services in relation to others in the field, as evidenced by contracts or other reliable evidence

Note: If the above criteria do not readily apply to your occupation, the employer may submit comparable evidence in order to establish your eligibility.


14. What evidence must I provide as O-1 alien of extraordinary ability in the motion picture or television industry?

You must be recognized as being prominent in your field of endeavor by providing:

1.Evidence that you have been nominated for, or has been the recipient of, significant national or international awards or prizes in the particular field such as an Academy Award, an Emmy, a Grammy, or a Director’s Guild Award or

2. Evidence that you have:

a.Performed, and will perform, services as a lead or starring participant in productions or events which have a distinguished reputation as evidenced by critical reviews, advertisements, publicity releases, publications contracts, or endorsements;

b.Achieved national or international recognition for achievements evidenced by critical reviews or other published materials by or about the individual in major newspapers, trade journals, magazines, or other publications

c.Performed, and will perform, in a lead, starring, or critical role for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation evidenced by articles in newspapers, trade journals, publications, or testimonials;

d.Records of major commercial or critically acclaimed successes as evidenced by such indicators as title, rating, standing in the field, box office receipts, motion picture or television ratings, and other occupational achievements reported in trade journals, major newspapers, or other publications

e.Received significant recognition for achievements from organizations, critics, government agencies, or other recognized experts in the field in which the alien is engaged. Such testimonials must be in a form which clearly indicates the author’s authority, expertise, and knowledge of the alien’s achievements or

f.Commanded a high salary or will command a high salary or other substantial remuneration for services in relation to others in the field, as evidenced by contracts or other reliable evidence


15. Which documents are valid as supporting documents for O-1 petition?

The following types of documents can be submitted in support of an O petition. These are not exclusive and other forms of evidence may be used:

  1. Degree certificates and evaluation reports
  2. Publications, presentations, abstracts, invitations to conferences as well as citations of such publications
  3. Comments on your work by others in your field
  4. Requests for reprints of your publications
  5. Evidence of awards or honors received
  6. Evidence of membership in professional associations
  7. Documents substantiating participation, either individually or on a panel, as the judge of the work of others in the field
  8. Critical reviews, advertisements, press releases, publications contracts, or endorsements;
  9. Box office receipts or record, cassette, compact disk, or video sales
  10. Curriculum Vitae
  11. Recommendation letters from experts in your chosen field explaining your standing as an alien of extraordinary ability