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O1 checklist

О-1 visa is a working nonimmigrant visa for individuals with extraordinary abilities and outstanding achievements in science, arts, sport, business and education.

О-2 is a nonimmigrant visa for assisting staff of O-1 visa holders.

O-3 is a nonimmigrant visa for the spouses and unmarried children of O-1 and O-2 visa holders.


Application process

Step 1
of Application Process
Case evaluation
Step 2
of Application Process
Proof for evidence
Step 3
of Application Process
Achievements and awards
Step 4
of Application Process
Recommendation Letters
Step 5
of Application Process
Advisory Letters
Step 6
of Application Process
Finding a petitioner
Step 7
of Application Process
I-129 form
Step 8
of Application Process
Petitioner Paperwork
step 9
of Application Process
Evidence and writing a case
step 10
Evidence and writing a case
USCIS Process
step 11
Evidence and writing a case
step 12
Evidence and writing a case
Consular interview

Criteria of O-1 visa

  1. Nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards
  2. Membership in associations, which require outstanding achievements of their members
  3. Published materials about a candidate
  4.  Participation on a panel, or individually, as a judge of the work of others
  5. Original scientific, scholarly, or business-related contributions
  6.  Authorship of scholarly articles
  7.  Employment for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation
  8.  Evidence of a high salary

Mandatory documents

Recommendation Letters, Advisory Letters, Petitioner Letter, Case with evidence, I-129 form,
Contract of work, Company outline, passport, biography, payment check.

Processing timeline

Overall, the O-1 visa processing time is relatively short. It takes about two to three months for the USCIS to process your application. Moreover, premium processing is available for O-1 filings. With premium processing, those 2-3 months will be shortened to 15 calendar days.


The standard processing fee of an O1 visa is $460.
If you opt for premium processing, you will have to spend an additional $2,500 on top of the standard fee.
In addition, a consular interview costs $150.


The approval rate for O-1 visas is 93-96%.
After the USCIS has approved the O-1 petition, the beneficiary may go to an American Embassy or Consulate overseas to be interviewed.

Consulate interview

You must schedule an appointment for this interview.
After the Consular interview, you will get the visa stamp in the passport.