O-1 Extraordinary Ability Work Visa
Businesses can hire a non-U.S. citizen to work in the U.S. temporarily on an O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa. The person must be an expert in the sciences, education, arts, business, or athletics.
Requirement for an O-1 visa: Expertise
There are certain things that prove the worker is an expert, like winning an international prize for their work. For example, a scientist who has won the Nobel Prize. Another example is an athlete who has won a medal in the Olympics.
How to prove expertise
A person who hasn’t won an international prize for their work can still be considered an expert. They can prove they are an expert if three or more of the following statements are true:
- Other experts have written about their work. The articles are in professional publications, like professional journals.
- The person has been asked to judge the work of others in their area of expertise.
- The person is a member of an association that only accepts people with outstanding achievements.
- The person has contributed something new to their area of expertise, and it influences the work of other people.
- The person has published articles about something in their area of expertise. The articles are published in professional journals or well-known magazines or newspapers.
- The person has worked at organizations that only hire experts in their area of expertise.
- The person is paid more for their work than other people in the same area of expertise.
When to renew the O-1 visa
The O-1 visa allows people to work in the U.S. for three years. After three years, the visa has to be renewed each year. There is no limit to how many years a person can renew an O-1 visa.
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