Persons of Extraordinary Ability ("O")

Foreign nationals working in U.S., who have demonstrated extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business or athletics, arts, motion picture, or TV industry are eligible for O1 Visa.

Petition Requirements for O1 Visa

A U.S. employer should file the petition with the following documents:
  • A written statement from the employer or a person designated, with expertise in the foreign employee's area of specialization;
  • A copy of the employment contract between the employer and the foreign employee with the terms and conditions of the employment;
  • Award for exceptional contribution to enrichment of human life or evidence of at least three of the following:
  • Award of national or international recognition in the field of specialization;
  • Membership in professional bodies of international recognition;
  • Published material in professional or major trade publications, newspapers or other major media in the field of specialization;
  • Original scientific, scholarly, or business-related contributions of major significance in the field;
  • Authorship of scholarly articles in professional journals or other major media in the field;
  • A high salary or other remuneration for services as evidenced by contracts or other reliable evidence;
  • Participation on a panel, or individually, as a judge of the work of others in the same or in a field of specialization allied to that field;
  • Employment in a critical or essential capacity for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation.

If the above standards do not readily apply to the foreign employee's occupation, the petitioner may submit comparable evidence in order to establish the alien's eligibility.

The O1 category also applies to foreign employees with extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or TV industry.

O3 VISA / Family Members

Spouses and dependent minor children of employee with O1 status are admitted under O3 status with the same restrictions as the principal. They may not work in the U.S. under this classification.

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Uscis Q&A: New Background Check Policy
Recently Uscis Announced A New Background Check Policy, Where Certain Cases, Including Adjustment Of Status Cases With Pending Name Check Will Be Adjudicated After 180 Days Regardless Of The Fact That The Name Check Is Unresolved. This Is In Response To The Large Volume Of Petitions That Have Been Pending For An Unusually Long Time And Have Resulted In Numerous Lawsuits Against Uscis And Fbi. This New Policy Promises To Finally Resolve The Huge Backlog Of Approvable Cases That Have Not Been Adjudicated Due To The Name Check Portion Of The Background Check. Some Of These Cases Have Been Pending For A Number Of Years And Number Into Thousands.

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Dhs Proposes To Establish Biometric Exit Procedures At All U.S Air And Sea Ports Of Departure
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Uscis Revises Filing Instructions For Petitions To Remove Conditions On Residence
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Uscis Modifies Application For Temporary Protected Status Previous Versions Of Form I821 Will Be Accepted Until June 26, 2008
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Us Opens Four New Immigration Facilities In Florida
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Update On Processing Petitions For Nonimmigrant Victims Of Criminal Activity
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That, Until Further Notice, It Will Not Terminate Interim Relief For Aliens Who Have Not Yet Filed For U Nonimmigrant Status, Except In Those Cases Where Uscis Is Aware Of Adverse Factors. Uscis Will Continue To Accept Petitions For U Nonimmigrant Status At Any Time. It Is To Be Recalled That The Uscis Had Announced On Sept. 5, 2007 The Publication Of An Interim Final Rule Granting Immigrant Benefits To Certain Victims Of Crimes Who Assist Government Officials In Investigating Or Prosecuting The Criminal Activity. That Rule Was Effective Oct. 17, 2007 And Established Procedures For Applicants Seeking U Nonimmigrant Status, One Of Which Encouraged Aliens Who Had Been Granted Interim Relief To Petition For U Nonimmigrant Status Prior To Apr. 13, 2008 (180 Days From The Effective Date Of The Rule). The Rule States That Uscis Will Terminate Interim Relief For Aliens Who Fail To Petition For The "U" Classification Within The 180Day Time Period.

Dol Announces More Than $22 Million In Aid To Louisiana For Recovery From Hurricane Gustav
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Cbp Responds To Hurricane Dolly
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Nova Scotia Launches Immigrant Small Business Financing

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Eb2 Immigrant Visa Cutoff Dates For India And China
As Per The Department Of State (Dos) Visa Bulletin For August 2008, Cutoff Dates For The Employmentbased Second Preference (Eb2) Category For India And China Will Advance More Than Two Years, To June 1, 2006. Also In August, The Employmentbased Third Preference (Eb3) Subcategory For "Other Workers" Will Become Unavailable Worldwide, But Is Expected To Resume Availability With A January 1, 2003 Cutoff Date In October Of This Year. All The Other Employmentbased Immigrant Visa Categories Will Remain Unchanged In August, 2008.