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The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for foreign nationals who possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who have demonstrated a record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and have been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements. O-1 visas require an employer sponsor - a foreign national cannot petition for an O-1 visa on his or her own behalf.
Typically, the O-1 employee will be admitted to the U.S. for the length of the project or event described in the petition, for a maximum of three (3) years. Once in the U.S., an O-1 employee may apply to extend his or her status in one (1) year increments.
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