O-1: individuals of extraordinary ability or achievement

The O-1 category is for highly talented or acclaimed foreign nationals. A criterion for qualifying for O-1 “ Extraordinary Ability Category”, “Three-out-of-ten” rule is used to evaluate the qualification. The alien must include at least three types of evidence from the following list:

  • Prizes or awards of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards;
  • Membership in associations which require outstanding achievements of their members, as judged by experts;
  • Published materials in professional or major trade publication or major media about the alien and relating to the alien's work;
  • Being a judge of the work of others in the field;
  • Contributions of major significance;
  • Authorship of scholarly articles in professional journals or other major media;
  • Display of work at artistic exhibitions in more than one country;
  • Performance in a lead role or organizations with distinguished reputations;
  • Significantly high salary;
  • Commercial successes.