US O-1B Visa: Extraordinary ability in the arts

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Applicants for this category must show that they have a level of ability in the artistic industries. This is not just limited to 'traditional' artists and musicians. The performers, visual artists, and even chefs are included in this category. As well as support staff such as lighting riggers, choreographers, set designers, make up artists, coaches, and animal trainers. Essentially any specialist profession within the arts is covered by the O-1B.

Offer of employment

O-1B visa applicants must have a confirmed US job offer before they apply

Criteria

There are 6 criteria for the O-1B visa, applicants must meet at least 3 of these for their visa to be granted. However, evidence of having been awarded a highly acclaimed prize or award – such as an Oscar, Turner prize, or ArtPrize – allows applicants to bypass these eligibility criteria.

Evidence of at least 3 of the following criteria is required:

  • That you have previously or will in the future perform in a leading role in critically acclaimed films, plays, or other productions/events
     

  • That you have previously or will in the future perform in a leading role in films, plays, or other productions/events for a prestigious organisation
     

  • Published material regarding the commercial and/or critical success of your work in journals, trade publications, and other major media outlets
     

  • Critical reviews and/or other material regarding your ability published in journals, trade publications, and other major media outlets
     

  • Other evidence of your reputation, such as testimonials from distinguished critics, organisations, and experts
     

  • Earning a salary appropriate to a high level of ability in your artistic field
     

  • Some other proof of your exceptional ability is sometimes accepted, please contact us if you're not sure if the evidence you have is suitable

Further information, help, and advice

Workpermit.com's team of specialists has over 25 years of experience in immigration services, and have helped thousands of people to study and work in the US. All applications for US visas are dealt with in-house by a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

For more information and advice on US immigration law and US visa applications please contact us on 0344 991 9222 or at london@workpermit.com