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    Edmundo Daco Jr.

    The main disadvantage of O-1 visa, when compared to H-1B visa, is the high standard of requirements. O-1 visa application requires “extraordinary ability” from applicants, whereas anyone who just graduated from college can pass for an H-1B visa. O-1 visa has much stricter application. There are two types of O-1 visa, O-1A and O-1B visas. O-1A visa requires extraordinary ability from applicants in areas such as sciences, education, business and athletics. On the other hand, O-1B visa requires extraordinary ability in the fields of arts, motion picture, and television.

    To show that applicants have “extraordinary abilities”, they must have a sustained national and international acclaims in their respective fields. They could also show a high level of achievement, especially for the fields of arts, movies and television. Being prominent and well-known is a big help to prove an applicant’s worthiness of an O-1 visa.

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