The International and Postdoctoral Services Office (IPSO) has prepared this information to assist departments in determining if sponsorship is appropriate for their hiring needs and how to facilitate an O-1 petition for adjudication by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). If you have any questions or need additional information, please email or call Jonathan Harwood, Coordinator of International Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-721-0670.
The O-1 nonimmigrant category was established for aliens with extraordinary ability in three different categories:
Augusta University will petition for people who are eligible for category 1.
NOTE: These personnel can hold permanent positions as long as they depart the U.S. when the authorized period of stay expires or another valid nonimmigrant or immigrant status is obtained.
An O-1 petition establishes that Augusta University regards this individual as a person of extraordinary ability in the sciences.
In order to petition for the O category, Augusta University must comply with the following
Once USCIS grants the petition, the alien employee must obtain an O-1 nonimmigrant visa stamp from a U.S. Consulate to travel in and out of the U.S.
To qualify as an O-1 in the sciences, education, business and athletics, the alien must be one of the small percentage of persons who has risen to the very top of his or her field of endeavor. The alien must demonstrate sustained national or international acclaim and recognition for achievements in the field of expertise by providing evidence of:
An O-1 petition permits employment of an individual only for the employer who files the petition. Augusta University will only petition for personnel whom Augusta University wishes to employ. The hiring department must begin this process on behalf of new and continuing personnel.
On average, it takes 60 to 180 days to obtain an O-1 petition. If the alien employee is not currently in the U.S., the process to obtain an O-1 visa adds additional time. It is recommended that a petition be filed with USCIS between 45 days and four months before the employee will begin services.
The O-1 petition is valid for the period of time necessary to complete the event or activity, not to exceed three years initially.
Augusta University can extend employment of the O-1 alien in order to continue the same event or activities specified in the original petition for increments of one year at a time. Augusta University must submit a written statement explaining the reasons for the extension.
Yes. Permanent Residence is considered an immigrant category, while an O-1 is considered a nonimmigrant category. The O-1 is not a prerequisite for Permanent Residence.
Yes, Augusta University will petition for dependents. There is a fee that must be paid by the beneficiary.
Qualifying O-3 members are the spouse and any unmarried children under 21 years of age of the principal O-1 visa holder.
No. An O-3 visa holder cannot legally work in the United States but may engage in full- or part-time study.
An O-1 application consists of the following documents, submitted from both the hiring college/department and the O-1 applicant.
All applicants must provide the following:
* Foreign Medical Graduates please provide ECFGM certification and USMLE scores.
Applicants currently in the United States must also attach the following documents:
Applicants extending prior O-1 must also attach the following documents: