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Extraordinary Abilities in Business, Education, Science, and Athletics


The O-1A visa is for individuals who have extraordinary abilities in fields like science, education, business, or athletics. This visa is for one of the small percentage who have arisen to the very top of the field of endeavor.


To qualify for an O-1A visa, the petitioner must establish that the beneficiary:

  • Has extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics, which has been demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim;
  • Has achievements that have been recognized in the field through extensive documentation; and
  • Is coming to continue work in the area of extraordinary ability, even if the specific tasks don’t always require that level of ability.

Period of Stay

The maximum initial stay is 3 years       


You can apply for an extension of up to 1 year at a time. You must submit proof that your employment is ongoing, and you generally must include updated evidence of your extraordinary ability.