Aliens with Extraordinary Ability

  1. O-1 Visa - applies to aliens with extraordinary ability in the areas of science, art, education, business, or athletics,
  2. O-2 Visa - applies to O-1 applicant's related support staff.
  3. O-3 Visa - applies to O-1 applicant's spouse and/or children (O-3).

To qualify, the alien must be coming to the U.S. to work in their area of extraordinary ability or achievement. There is currently no annual cap on O visas.

O-1 Extraordinary Ability (Science, Education, Business, or Athletics)
The O-1 category applies to aliens coming temporarily who has extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics (not including the arts, motion pictures or television).

O-1 Extraordinary Ability (Arts, Motion Picture, or Television) 
The O-1 category also applies to aliens who are coming temporarily and have extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry.

O-2 Support Personnel
The O-2 category applies to aliens accompanying an O-1 artist or athlete to assist in a specific event or performance. This person would be acting as an essential and integral part of the artistic or athletic performance of an O-1 artist or athlete because he or she performs support services which cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker and which are essential to the successful performance of the O-1.

O-3 Dependents
Spouses and minor children (dependents) of O-1’s are admitted under O-3 status with the same restrictions as the principal. They may not work in the U.S. under this classification.