The O Visa Explained

Giselle Ayala - Attorney at Law
3 min readSep 27, 2022

Artists’ and athletes’ visas are specially intended to allow internationally recognized professionals to come to the US. These are all non-immigrant visas good for 1 to 5 years depending on the case and the type of visa. None of these visas require correspondence with the Department of Labor, but they do require consultations with the appropriate labor organization or guild if one exists.

An experienced immigration attorney can help you determine the best way to address this requirement for your specific case.

The O-1 visa is a nonimmigrant for individuals who possess 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-1 visa applicant is required to demonstrate extraordinary ability in a specific field. To support the petition, there must be evidence of the applicant’s having received a major internationally recognized award or at least three of the following:

– Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in the field.

– Membership in associations in the field that require outstanding achievements of their members, as judged by recognized experts in the field.

– Evidence of authorship of scholarly articles in the field, in professional journals, or other major media.

– Published material in professional or major trade publications or major media about the applicant’s work.

– Evidence of participation on a panel, or individually, as the judge of the work of others in the field.

– Evidence in the form of five or six letters and affidavits from prominent colleagues who can confirm the applicant’s original scientific or scholarly contributions of major significance to the field. Regulations require a “peer group” must attest to the applicant’s outstanding…



Giselle Ayala - Attorney at Law

Giselle Ayala is an attorney expert on immigration, business, marketing, and artist’s transactions.