The Visa That Athletes Need To Compete In The U.S.

There are many international athletes that are successful in the United States. Whether in major league baseball, soccer, football, or other sports, many immigrants have achieved success in America thanks to applying for the O1 visa in Houston, TX.

To qualify for an O1 visa, the beneficiary needs to demonstrate extraordinary ability by sustained national or international acclaim and must be traveling temporarily to the United States to continue work in the same area of his or her extraordinary ability.athlete runner

For an O1 visa, “extraordinary ability” in the fields of science, business, education, or athletics means a level of expertise showing that the person is within the small percentage that has risen to the very top of the field of specialty.

Extraordinary ability in the field of arts means distinction.  Distinction means a high level of achievement in the field of the arts. This can be evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition substantially above that ordinarily encountered.  This means that a person described as prominent is renowned, leading, or well-known in the field of arts.

The O1 visa non immigrant classification is commonly referred to as:

  • O-1A – Individuals with an extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics (not including the arts, motion pictures or television industry)
  • O-1B – Individuals with an extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry.