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Extraordinary Abilities (O-1)

The O-1 visa is available to persons with extraordinary ability or achievement in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. Persons who receive O-1 visas must work in their field of expertise in the United States. Visas are also available to those persons who provide essential services in support of individuals with extraordinary ability.




The USCIS will allow O-1 and O-2 visa holders to remain in the U.S. for whichever period of time the USCIS deems necessary to accomplish the activity or event for which the O-visa holders were admitted to the U.S. The initial visa validity period cannot exceed three years but may be extended in one year increments.




Spouses and minor children (under the age of 21) of O-1 and O-2 visa holders may apply for an O-3 visa, which allows them to accompany O-1 and O-2 visa holders during their stay in the U.S. O-3 visa holders are not allowed to work in the U.S.

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