May 17, 2016
To be able to qualify for an O-1 visa, the applicants in this category must demonstrate in clear terms that they possess an extraordinary ability that is above what is ordinarily available in one of the following fields:
• Arts, motion picture or television industry;
• Education; or
A person of extraordinary ability is one of a small percentage of individuals who have risen to the very top of their field. This must be evidenced by skill and recognition above that ordinarily encountered and the person must be recognized as prominent, renowned, or notable in their field. In addition, the applicant must have at least a temporary offer of employment from a US employer or agent to work in their field of expertise. O-1 visa applicants, like all other applicants in other categories, may also be required to meet certain health and character requirements.