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Who Qualifies for an O1 Visa?

Here at Toppins Law, P.C., we’re pleased to answer any questions you may have about securing an O1 visa in Houston, TX, and other destinations in the United States. One of the most frequently asked questions is, “Do I qualify?” While every case is different, here are the general standards.

O1 visas are a type of short-term employment visa; they are specifically designed for foreign-born individuals with extraordinary abilities or achievements in science, arts, education, business, or athletics. To qualify, they must be entering the United States due to a job offer related to their field.

The Meaning of “Extraordinary”

While what qualifies as “extraordinary” abilities or achievement can be debated, generally speaking, the person must have earned national or international acclaim in their field. Furthermore, these must be individual achievements rather than part of a group or team effort. If you’re unsure whether you qualify for an O1 visa, talk to a knowledgeable attorney.

Related Visas

In addition to O1, the United States also offers O2 and O3 visas. People who are accompanying an O1 person to assist with a specific event may be granted an O2 visa. However, their assistance must be “essential,” and they must have skills or experience with the O1 person that a U.S. worker wouldn’t be able to replicate. Spouses and children of O1 and O2 visas can be granted an O3 visa to travel with them.