O-1 Visa: Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement
O-1 temporary workers possess extraordinary ability, are among the top 1–2% of individuals who have risen to the very top of their field, and are coming to the United States to continue work in their area of extraordinary ability on a temporary basis. O-1 scholars must demonstrate extraordinary ability by sustained national or international acclaim.
O-1 status is initially granted for up to 3 years. Extensions can be granted in 1-year increments, and technically there is no maximum length of stay. However, since O-1 is meant to be a temporary employment status, we recommend consulting with VIS if extending beyond 6 years.
The request process for hiring an international employee in O-1 status remains a paper-based request. Please contact VIS if you wish to submit such a request.
Click here, for more information from the USCIS website on this category.
If you are uncertain if this is the most appropriate category for your employee, please contact VIS.