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O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visas

About O-1 Visas

What Does

the EB-1A 

Green Card Do?

The O-1 visa allows you to live and work in the US temporarily on the basis of your extraordinary ability. You will need a job offer or an agent; you are permitted to work for your sponsoring US employer or be self-employed through an agent, but you must be entering the US to continue work in your area of extraordinary ability.

Qualifying for an O-1A based on extraordinary ability is not easy. The law describes these individuals as "one of that small percentage who have risen to the very top of the field of endeavor." In order to meet that standard, applicants should meet at least 3 of the 10 the following criteria:

  • Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence;

  • Membership in associations in the field which demand outstanding achievement of their members;

  • Published material about you in professional or major trade publications or other major media;

  • Being asked to judge the work of others, either individually or on a panel;

  • Original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field;

  • Authorship of scholarly articles in professional or major trade publications or other major media;

  • You perform a leading or critical role in distinguished organizations;

  • You receive a high salary or other significantly high remuneration in relation to others in the field;

If you can demonstrate that you meet at least 3 of these criteria, then you may qualify for the visa based on your extraordinary ability.

How Do I Qualify?

Our Approach

Our approach to O-1A cases is to focus on detailed legal analysis on the front end to determine whether or not you are qualified for this visa. If we assess the chances of approval to be low, we want you to be fully aware of the risks associated with applying so you don't waste your time and money. After determining that you qualify, we build a  personalized narrative about your ability and tailor the legal arguments in your case to your unique situation. We complete all application forms for you and help you gather all of the necessary supporting documents. We strive to make the process as easy as possible on your end, and only require that you provide us with the information needed to prove your extraordinary ability.

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