Individuals with “Extraordinary Ability or Achievement” (O-1)

The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.

Compared to H-1B, what are the benefits of O-1:

  1. An unlimited period of stay in the U.S.
  2. There is no wage requirement for O-1
  3. Premium process is always available
  4. O-1 visa is obtainable even if subject to 2 years of the home residency for previous J-1 status

For more information about the O-1 status, check out the USCIS web site

Further Questions?

If you have any further questions about the O-1 status, please contact Sherry Lu.

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