The O-1 Visa is for outstanding individuals. The visa enables people with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, motion picture or television industry to enter the US for temporary periods of time. USCIS loosly defines this category, and the spectrum of eligible individuals also includes chefs, carpenters and lecturers. To be considered an outstanding individual, you should be highly regarded in your field, and can only work in the US in that area of expertise. Your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may join you in the US under O-3 status. While they may not work while in the US, family members are allowed to attend school.
The O-1 Visa must be petitioned by a US employer, US agent or foreign employer through a US agent. Your petitioner should file-in Form I-129 with USCIS with jurisdiction over the state in which you intend to work. The form should be filed-in at least six months before you plan to begin working. The petition must include a printed article or statement from either a person or group proficient in your field. This person/group should support your status as a respected member of your field.
Applicants must provide the following documents: