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The O-1 visa is available to people of extraordinary ability in the field of arts, science, education, business or athletics. You must have achieved a level of expertise indicating that you are among the few individuals who have risen to the very top of the field of endeavor.  The O-1 visa is a temporary visa that does not grant permanent resident status to its holder, but rather permits the beneficiary to remain in the US for a designated period of time, often one to three years.  The O-1 visa may be renewed indefinitely.

The O-1 visa is a popular option for musicians and artists, as it does not require its holder to have a specific professional credential (such as a diploma), but rather a high level of overall achievement.  In order to receive an O-1, an applicant must have either received an award of international significance (an Oscar, Olympic medal, etc.) or have achieved recognition in any three of the following categories:


Nationally or internationally recognized awards or prizes of excellence in your field of endeavor



Membership in associations, which require outstanding achievements of their members, as judged by recognized national or international experts in their disciplines or fields



Description of the applicant’s work in professional or major trade publications, or major media



Participation as a judge, either individually or as a member of a panel, of the work of others in the same or an allied field



 Articles by the applicant have been published in professional or major trade publications



Original scientific, scholarly, or business-related contributions of major significance in the field



Performing in a leading or critical role for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation



Commanding a high salary or remuneration for services



Any other evidence to show eligibility