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The O-1 is a nonimmigrant visa for people who possess extraordinary ability in their field, whether sciences, arts, sport, education, business, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements. You can apply for this visa with the help of our Houston O visa lawyers.

What Is the Standard of Review of an O-1 Visa?

There are different standards of review for applicants of different specialties. The standard for determining “extraordinariness” is highest for businesspersons, educators, and scientists, and lower for the arts. It also requires an employer in the states.

For applicants for the O-1 visa whose expertise is in science, education, and business, extraordinary ability is shown by sustained national or international acclaim, and he or she must have risen to the top of the field. For applicants of extraordinary ability in the arts, the immigration rules require “distinction.” This means the person must have achieved a high-level achievement in the first of arts, as evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition that is substantially above that ordinarily encountered.

Minim Requirements

The applicant needs to prove they are at the top of their field by showing at least three of the following conditions:

  • Have received national or international awards or prizes of excellence in their field.
  • Being are a member of associations whose membership requires outstanding achievement, judged by nationally or internationally recognized experts in the respective discipline.
  • Their work has been featured in professional or high-profile trade publications, or mainstream media.
  • The applicant has served in some capacity as a judge of others in the same (or closely related) field. This could either be individual or as part of a judging panel.
  • Have had articles published in professional or notable trade publications.
  • Have made original scientific, academic, or business contributions of major significance in their respective field.
  • Have served in a leading or critical capacity for highly regarded organizations or establishments.
  • Command a high salary or remuneration for their services.
  • Other relevant evidence of exceptional expertise that does not fit any of the above criteria.

Contact our office today for an O-1 nonimmigrant visa for an athlete or a performing artist. We proudly serve clients in the state of Texas and throughout the nation.

What Is the Processing Time for an O-1 Visa?

After the I-129 petition is filed to apply for the O-1 visa, processing occurs at either the California Service Center (CSC) or the Vermont Service Center (VSC) depending on the beneficiary’s proposed employment location with the O1 visa. Processing times vary from time to time, especially with the impact of COVID-19 measures.

Speak with our Houston O visa attorneys by calling (713) 286-7182 or completing our online contact form.

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