Please visit the O-1 Extraordinary Ability section for general information about the O-1 classification. This section contains answers to specific O-1 situations. Questions and answers in this section are in no particular topic order.
Q: I have heard that I cannot apply for employment-based permanent residency while holding O-1 status. Is this true?
A: The O-1 has been recognized for "dual intent" purposes.
Q: Is there a grace a period for an O-1 worker?
A: There is no grace period. You are out of status when you stop working. Talk to an immigration attorney right away.
Q: What are the key differences between the O-1 and H-1B classifications?
Wage: O-1 does not have prevailing wage requirement.
Validity Period: O-1 can be extended indefinitely. O-1 might be limited to 1-year extensions.
Filing Fee: O-1 does not require the $500 Fraud Prevention and Detection fee.
Portability: O-1 is not covered the portability provision, meaning that you need approval to be able to change O-1 employer or begin a concurrent O-1 job.