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O-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


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:

  • Receipt of a major, internationally recognized award, such as the Nobel Prize, or
  • At least three of the following:
  • Documentation of receipt of nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in the field of endeavor
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Evidence of original scientific, scholarly, or business-related contributions of major significance in the field
  • Evidence of authorship of scholarly articles in the field, in professional journals, or other major media
  • Evidence that you have been employed in a critical or essential capacity for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation
  • 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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