The O-1 visa can be an option for individuals with demonstrated extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, business, education, sports, or the motion picture industry. It enables foreign nationals who have achieved sustained national or international acclaim in their field to work temporarily in the U.S., in their area of extraordinary ability, for the petitioning U.S. employer.
O-1 petitions require a significant up front investment of time on the part of the foreign national beneficiary to collect documentation reflecting his or her achievements and acclaim. The foreign national also will need to obtain detailed, laudatory attestation letters from 5-7 independent experts in the field.
The O-1 visa requires sponsorship of an employer or agent.