O-1A Visa

Home » Visas » Non-Immigrant Visas » O-1A Visa

What is an O-1A classification?

The O-1A classification applies to foreign nationals who are nationally or internationally recognized for their extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics and want to continue that extraordinary work in the U.S.

What does extraordinary ability in these fields mean?

Extraordinary ability in these fields is defined as having a level of expertise that demonstrates that the person is at the top of their field.

Who can apply?

An O-1 petition may only be filed by a U.S employer, U.S. agent, or foreign employers through U.S. agents.

What kind of documentation do I need?

Evidence of extraordinary ability in these categories is established by demonstrating three of the following:

  1. Receipt of nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards in the field
  2. Membership in an association which requires outstanding achievements of its members
  3. Published material in professional or major trade publications or major media relating to the person’s work in the field
  4. Participation in a panel or as an individual judge over work of others in the same or similar field
  5. Scholarly, scientific, or business-related contributions of major significance to the field
  6. Authorship in professional or scholarly journals or other major media
  7. Employment in a critical or essential capacity in distinguished organizations or establishments
  8. An actual or prospective high salary
  9. Other comparable evidence establishing eligibility

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting our office. Call us at (323) 857-0034 today, or complete our online inquiry form to request a meeting or case evaluation.

We also speak Spanish and Persian for your convenience.

Contact Our Firm

While this website provides general information, it does not constitute legal advice. The best way to get guidance on your specific legal issue is to contact a lawyer. To schedule a meeting with an attorney, please call 323-857-0034 or complete the intake form below.


"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Let Us Earn Your Trust

Bolour / Carl Immigration Group is a full service immigration law firm. We have been representing immigrants, nonimmigrants, families, businesses, employees, and the like, from around the globe for over 25 years. With over 25 years of experience exclusively in the field of Immigration Law, we have garnered the knowledge to handle the most complex cases and adequately represent a wide range of clientele. The size of our firm ensures that all of our clients receive hands on service from their attorneys and a direct line of communication with our attorneys.