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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.

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