|Is the O Visa for Extra-Ordinary Ability for You?|
Are you one of the top people in your field or have you won a major international award or have you received national or international acclaim and recognition in your field of work? If so, you may qualify for an O visa. O visas are issued to non-immigrants with extra-ordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.|
No Numerical Cap:Although there is no numerical cap on the annual admissions of these non-immigrants, O visas require that its visa holders must intend to work in the area of extra-ordinary ability claimed.
No Limit on Duration of Stay:Another advantage of the O visa is that there is no explicit statutory limitation on the period of stay for O visa holders. An initial period of stay can be approved for 3 years and extensions of stay for an O-1 visa holder can be granted in increments of 1 year.
Pending GC application is OK:An O visa holder can have a green card application pending while on an O-1 status and the O-1 beneficiary does not need to show that s/he is maintaining a residence abroad to which s/he intends to return.
Free-lancing is not allowed:An O visa holder can only be admitted to perform services in “specific, identified events, performances, competitions, or engagements” and an O-visa holder cannot enter the United States to free lance
.Application process:The procedure for an O visa is in three steps:
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