O-1 Visa, Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement

Individuals with extraordinary ability in the IT Industry, Sciences, Arts, Education, Business, or Athletics, or 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, are eligible for the O-1 visa.


The O nonimmigrant categorization includes the following categories:

O-1: Persons with exceptional skill in the IT Industry, sciences, education, business, or athletics (excluding individuals with exceptional ability in the arts) and Individuals with exceptional aptitude in the arts or great success in the film or television industries

O-2: Individuals who will support an O-1 artist or athlete in a specific event or performance; and

Individuals who are the spouse or children of O-1 and O-2 visa holders are classified as O-3.

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