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How do I know if I am qualified for O-1 petition?

If you are interested in knowing whether you are qualified for O-1, please email your resume or CV to evaluation@niwus.com for a free evaluation.  Our attorneys will evaluate the case based on the information provided in your resume or CV and notify you of your qualifications for O-1 within two business days.

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What is the Approval Rate of O-1 Cases Handled by Liu & Associates?

The approval rate of O-1 cases handled by LPY Law Group is close to 100%. Our attorneys have helped U.S. companies, universities, and research institutes to obtain O-1 visas or status for qualified foreign workers. Click HERE for Sample Approved O-1 Cases.

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How are O-1 cases handled in LPY Law Group?

All cases including O-1 cases are diligently handled by experienced attorneys in LPY Law Group. We strictly follow the deadlines set forth in our work procedures to process each individual case. For details about our work procedure for processing O-1 cases at L&A, please click HERE for a Step by Step Procedure Flowchart.

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What is O-3 visa?

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

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What is O-2 visa?

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.

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Does O-1 apply to movie directors or actors?

Yes. 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.

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How does a petitioner establish alien’s extraordinary ability?

Petitioner can establish alien’s extraordinary ability by submitting evidence that the alien has received a major, internationally-recognized award, such as a Nobel Prize, OR evidence of at least three of the following:


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How does a movie performer establish extraordinary ability?

Petitioner must establish alien’s extraordinary ability by submitting evidence that the alien has received, or been nominated for, significant national or international awards or prizes in the particular field, such as an Academy Award, Emmy, Grammy or Director's Guild Award, or evidence of at least three of the following:

  1. Performed or will perform services as a lead or starring participant in productions or events which have a distinguished reputation as evidenced by critical reviews, advertisements, publicity releases, publications, contracts or endorsements;
  2. Achieved national or international recognition for achievements, as shown by critical reviews or other published materials by or about the individual in major newspapers, trade journals, magazines, or other publications;
  3. A record of major commercial or critically acclaimed successes, as shown by such indicators as title, rating or standing in the field, box office receipts, motion picture or television ratings and other occupational achievements reported in trade journals, major newspapers or other publications;
  4. Received significant recognition for achievements from organizations, critics, government agencies or other recognized experts in the field in which the alien is engaged, with the testimonials clearly indicating the author's authority, expertise and knowledge of the alien's achievements;
  5. A high salary or other substantial remuneration for services in relation to others in the field, as shown by contracts or other reliable evidence; or If the above standards do not readily apply to the alien's occupation, the petitioner may submit comparable evidence in order to establish the alien's eligibility.

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Who can apply for O-1 visa?

The O-1 category applies to aliens who have extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics (not including the arts, motion pictures or television).

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What are the differences between O and Eb-1A visas?

Both O and Eb-1A are visas for alien of extraordinary ability. Although their requirements are similar and overlap each other, they are different visa categories. The major differences between these two categories are: 1) O is a non-immigrant visa while Eb-1A is an immigrant visa (green card); 2) O needs employer sponsorship while Eb-1A does not.

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Is there an annual cap on O visa?

No. There is currently no annual cap on O visas.

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Who are qualified for O visa?

To qualify for O visa, the alien must be coming to the U.S. to work in his or her area of extraordinary ability or achievement.

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What is O visa?

The O non-immigrant category is reserved for Aliens of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics (O-1), the artist’s or athlete’s support staff (O-2), and the O-1’s spouse and/or children (O-3).

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