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O-1 Non-Immigrant Visa

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O-1 Nonimmigrant Visas – Extraordinary Ability or Achievement

With over 30 years of experience, Scott Global Migration Law Group has helped many organizations create and file successful O-1 visa petitions. In fact, Senator Paul Simon reached out to Lisa Scott as “an expert” in these petitions.

If you are an individual who has received major international recognition in the field of education, arts, sciences, business, sport or has earned national or international recognition in the movie or television industry and is seeking to work temporarily in the United States in your area of extraordinary skills, then the O-1 nonimmigrant visa can help you achieve that goal.

It is the employer or its agent who files the petition before the date of employment.

What is Extraordinary Ability?

An individual with “extraordinary ability” is one who demonstrates a level of expertise and achievement shared only by a few in the same field of education, arts, sciences, business, and sport or outstanding national and international recognition in the movie or television field.

You may qualify if you meet at least three of the following accomplishments

  • You have made original scientific, scholarly or business-related contributions of major significance.
  • You are a member of an association which requires that their members demonstrate outstanding achievements recognized national or international experts.
  • You have participated on a panel or individually as a judge of the work of others in the same or in the allied filed of specialization.
  • You have published material in professional journals or other major media.
  • You have authored scholarly articles in professional journals or other major media.
  • You have been employed in a critical or essential capacity for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation.
  • You have received a lesser nationally or internationally recognized price or award for excellence in the field of endeavor.
  • You have or will command a high salary or other remuneration for your services.

The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is generally issued for a period not to exceed three years and can be extended.

Let your talent, expertise, and creativity guide you to the road of broader recognition and acknowledgement within the United States.


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