O-1 visas are for foreign nationals who possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics It also applies to those who have a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and have been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.
The O visa - outstanding individuals visa consists of the following sub-classifications:
- O-1A visas for those with an extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics.
- O-1B visas for those with an extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in motion picture or television industry.
- O-2 visas for those who will accompany an O-1 artist or athlete, to assist in a specific event or performance. For an O-1A, the O-2’s assistance must be an “integral part” of the O-1A’s activity. For an O-1B, the O-2’s assistance must be “essential” to the completion of the O-1B’s production. The O-2 worker must have critical skills and experience with the O-1 that cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker and which are essential to the successful performance of the O-1 principal visa holder.
- O-3 visas for spouses and children of O-1 and O-2 visa holders.
For more information about the O-1 visas please visit the O-1A Visa FAQs page.
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