19 May 2010
Aliens with extraordinary talents or abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletic field can seek entrance into the United States through an O-1 nonimmigrant visa. Extraordinary ability must be demonstrated by proof that the applicant has sustained national or international acclaim, which can be proven by submitting evidence such as prizes or awards that have been received, acclaimed published materials, or extremely high salary earnings based on employment contracts. O-1B visas are designated for those involved in the motion picture or television industry, while O-1A visas are designated for all others. Once a visa is approved, it allows for three years of residence in the United States, as well as family members or staff to accompany the alien. However, the alien must continue to work in the said field that they have excelled in, or else the purpose of the visa will no longer be satisfied, and the alien must return home.
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