The O-1 Visa is for outstanding individuals. The visa allows workers with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, motion picture or television industry to enter the US for temporary periods of time. Examples: Chefs, carpenters , scientist, professors, great athletes and actors or singers. Who qualifies? You have to be outstanding in your field. You must be so well known that you can show newspaper articles and interviews given on television, and other proof of your status as someone with extraordinary talent.
Can my family join me?
Yes. Your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may join you in the US under O-3 status. Work is not permitted by family members. However, they can go to school up to 12 grade. IF they need to work or go to school, then they must apply for a different type of visa such as a student visa.
How do I apply for an O-1 Visa?
You will need the help and cooperation of the business that has, or will be opening an office in the United States. Then, you should file Form I-129 with the USCIS having jurisdiction over the state in which you intend to work. The form should be filed at least six months before you plan to begin working. The petition must include a printed article or statement from either a person or group proficient in your field. This person/group should support your status as a respected member of your field.
What documents do I need to file?
Applicants must provide the following documents:
Your petitioner must also include the following documents: