O-1 visa qualifications
The O-1 visa is sometimes overlooked by qualified applicants. This visa is available to foreign nationals from various disciplines, including those in science and education. Physicians can apply for an O-1 visa. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate that they have a high level of expertise in their chosen field. Those who qualify have exceptional abilities. They must have gained national or international recognition over a period of time and offer evidence through specific documentation.
For doctors, the following achievements will be considered:
- An outstanding achievement in the field of science, which is recognized by the award of an international award.
- Outstanding national achievement in science that is recognized by receiving an Excellence Award.
- Membership in an organization that is earned through outstanding achievement. Such an achievement had to be appreciated by the recognized experts in the field.
- Published articles in professional trade publications or recognition through major media outlets that recognize the individual’s significant contributions.
- Documented original scholarly or scholarly contributions of the individual.
- Evidence that the person has authored articles of a scientific nature that have been published in peer-reviewed journals or other major media.
- The individual has worked for notable organizations and institutions in a capacity considered important, essential or critical.
- That the person has participated on a panel or in an organization to evaluate the work of others in the same or related field.
- The person received a high salary for the work in his field.
When applying for an O-1 visa, the applicant must plan to enter the US to continue working in their field of expertise. Along with supporting materials, applicants must submit evidence that they have a job offer. As an immigration attorney based in San Francisco, I have worked on numerous O-1 cases from across the country.