An O-1 visa is designed for individuals who have reached the top of their profession and 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. While a high salary can be one way to demonstrate extraordinary ability, it is not the only way, and it is possible to qualify for an O-1 visa without having a high salary.
Other ways to demonstrate extraordinary ability include:
-Receiving a major internationally recognized award.
-Being the subject of multiple non-self-authored publications in major media about the individual’s work in the field.
-Having a leading or critical role in a distinguished organization.
-Having a record of original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance in the field.
You may also demonstrate that you’re an upcoming talented figure in your field, if you have a solid career plan and if you’re able to show that you have received significant national or international recognition. You would need to demonstrate that you have the potential to continue to make major contributions in your field, and that your participation in your planned events or activities will benefit the United States.
It’s important to note that the evidence that you submit with your O-1 visa application should be specific to your field, and should demonstrate that you have reached the top of your profession.