The O-1 classification allows individuals with “an extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts education, business or athletics” to work temporarily in the United States. Extraordinary ability is defined as a level of expertise that is indicative of an individual who is in the top of their field of endeavor. The candidate must demonstrate extraordinary ability by providing evidence of sustained national or international acclaim. An initial application may be made for a period of up to 3 years. The O-1 visa status may be extended in yearly increments after the initial period.

The O-1 application is employer specific and all correspondence for the O-1 application process must be routed through the ISSS for individuals who will be working at Stevens.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-Time Faculty or Tenure-Track Faculty positions only.
  • Individual must demonstration sustained international and national acclaim; as well as evidence that s/he is in the top of the field of endeavor.
  • If subject to the foreign residency requirement pursuant to a J-1 visa and applying for a change of status in the United States, an approved I-612, Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement or evidence that the two year requirement has been met must be provided.

Application Procedures for the Initial Request

The sponsoring department must complete and return the following forms:

    1. O-1 Employer Questionnaire
    2. Nonimmigrant Visa Sponsorship Request Form
    3. O Visa Export Control Certification.

The candidate must submit the following items:

  1. Completed O-1 Employee Questionnaire
  2. Updated copy of candidate’s CV/resume
  3. Supporting documentation for any publication/presentations/etc. that appear on the CV/resume All forms must be submitted to Jean Lee, Interim Associate Dean at [email protected].

Application Procedure for an Extension Request

The sponsoring department must complete and return the following forms:

  1. O-1 Employer Questionnaire
  2. O-1 Extension Request Form
  3. O Visa Export Control Certification

The candidate must submit the following items:

  1. Completed O-1 Employee Questionnaire
  2. Most up-to-date copy of candidate’s CV/resume Supporting documentation for any publication/presentations/etc. that appear on the CV/resume
  3. All forms must be submitted to Jean Lee, Interim Associate Dean at [email protected].

Processing Times

  • USCIS - Regular Processing - 4 to 6 Month
  • USCIS - Premium Processing - 15 calendar days (upon receipt of application)

Fee Structure (and who pays)

  • Legal Fees (Department)
  • $ 460.00 O-1 Filing Fee (Department)
  • $ 1,440.00 Premium Processing Fee - Optional for quick processing (Department)
  • $ 370.00 Change of status/extension of stay application for dependents (Scholar)

Checks must be made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (do not abbreviate name) for the O-1 Filing Fee and the Premium Processing Fee.

For premium processing, application will be sent to:

30 Houghton Street
St. Albans, VT 05478-2399

For regular processing, application will be sent to:

75 Lower Welden Street
St. Albans, VT 05479-0001

It is recommended that departments send check requests to Accounts Payable with sufficient time to allow for prompt filing. Please be sure to forward checks to the ISSS office. Do not mail checks directly to U.S. Department of Homeland Security.