O-1 Visa

The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the individual who possesses extraordinary ability. To qualify for an O-1 visa, the beneficiary must demonstrate extraordinary ability by sustained national or international acclaim. The O-1 may sometimes be an option when, for example, the H-1B Specialty Working Visa would not be appropriate. Due to the strict requirements involved with the O-1 visa application process, consultation with OISS is required as early as possible. Please schedule an appointment with Adria Baker by calling 713-348-6095.

If an O-1 visa is to be petitioned, please complete and submit the following:

  • Approval to Initiate or Extend O-1 Visa Application Form
  • Brief job description
  • Dean's Offer Letter and/or print-out of Hiring Proposal from RiceWorks
  • Export Control Form (This form is not needed to initiate the O-1 visa process, but it will be required in order to file the petition with USCIS, so we recommend getting it started simultaneously. Contact OISS for a copy of the form as needed.)