The O-1 classification is for individuals who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who have a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and have been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements. The O classification includes the following subcategories:
(1) O-1A for individuals with an extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics (not including the arts, motion pictures or television industry); (2) O-1B for individuals with an extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in motion picture or television industry; and,
(3) O-2 for individuals who will accompany an O-1, artist or athlete, to assist in a specific event or performance.
- A consultation, which is a written advisory opinion from a peer group (including labor organizations) or a person with expertise in the beneficiary’s area of ability. Some exceptions to this requirement apply when the petitioner can demonstrate that an appropriate peer group doesn’t exist.
- A contract between petitioner (employer) and beneficiary (worker) must exist. This may be in the form of a summary of terms of the oral agreement under which the beneficiary will be employed.
- An itinerary must be provided explaining the nature and dates of the events along with any applicable specifics.