O-1 Visa & O-2 Visa
O-1 is a temporary work visa or status for individuals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, arts or athletics and individuals of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture and television industries.
To qualify as an alien of extraordinary ability in science, education, business or athletics, the alien must:
Have received a major, internationally-recognized award, such as the Nobel Prize, OR
Meet at least three of the following requirements:
An individual seeking an O-1 Visa or status must have a US employer as the sponsor. Therefore, a job offer is needed to file such petition. Additionally, an O-1 petition also requires consultations with an appropriate peer group which could include a person or persons with expertise in the field, labor or management organization regarding the proposed work and the beneficiary's qualifications.
An O-1 visa holder is initially admitted to the United States for the duration of the event, production or activity, not to exceed 3 years. An O-1 visa can be extended till the time the individual accomplishes the task. Extension of stay can be granted in 1-year increments.
An O-2 visa is issued to the support personnel who accompany the O-1 visa holders, in the fields of athletics, entertainment, motion picture and television production. This status is not available to those individuals related to the areas of science, business or education. To be eligible for an O-2 visa, the alien must meet the following criteria:
O-3 visas are issued to the immediate family members (spouse and unmarried minor children) of the O-1 and the O-2 visa holders.