O visa: If the applicant is in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics, extraordinary ability must be demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim; if the applicant is in the motion picture or TV production, the person must have a “demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement.”
- O-1s cannot petition for themselves and they must use an US employer or agent to file for the petitions for them.
- Usually O-1 needs to obtain an advisory opinion from an appropriate consulting entity, such as a peer group, labor organization, or management organization.
- The supporting documents must include a detailed and complete itinerary of any event or events, a contract between the employer and beneficiary as well as the terms and conditions of this employment
- Duration of O-1 visa: period of authorized stay is for such time as provided for the events, but no more than 3 years.
- For multiple employers, each employer has to file separately or the agent has to file for entire itinerary.
- If the O-1 changes employer, the new employer must file I-129 and request the extension of stay.
- If there is any change in the terms and conditions of employment that affect eligibility, the petitioner shall immediately notify USCIS
- A 10 day grace period to depart the US after completion of O status may be granted