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Learn about Extraordinary Ability

Updated: Jan 10

To obtain a visa based on extraordinary abilities in the United States, such as the O-1 visa or the EB-1A category, requires the applicant to demonstrate remarkable achievements and significant recognition in their field. The specific definitions of "extraordinary abilities" may vary across different fields, but generally involve a level of prominence that exceeds the average.


Common criteria include significant national or international recognition, evidence of outstanding achievements, impactful contributions to the field, and, in specific cases, transfer to a U.S. branch of a multinational company.


Here are some common criteria for different areas:

• Arts and Entertainment (O-1B, EB-1A):

-Significant national or international recognition.

-Evidence of extraordinary achievements through awards, positive reviews, or prominent participation in renowned events.

• Science, Education, Business, and Sports (O-1A, EB-1A):

-Notable achievements or substantial recognition in their field.

-Significant contributions that have positively impacted the field.

• Research and Academia (EB-1B):

-Evidence of remarkable achievements in research or teaching.

-Letters of recommendation from experts in the field.

• Executives and Multinational Managers (EB-1C):

 -Substantial experience in an executive or managerial role.

-Transfer to a U.S. branch of a multinational company.

Generally, candidates need to provide a combination of documents such as awards, publications, recommendation letters, press material, and other items that prove their achievements and recognition in their field. The quality and quantity of these pieces of evidence can be crucial for visa approval.


It is important to emphasize that the process of obtaining a visa based on extraordinary abilities can be complex, and the guidance of a specialized immigration attorney is recommended to ensure all requirements are met appropriately.


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