O-1 Visa for Physicians of Extraordinary Ability

Although a J-1 physician is subject to the 2 year foreign residence requirement; she may still obtain an O visa by going abroad. Physicians are able to apply for O1 status if they are working in a position that requires a showing of “extraordinary ability” in the field of science as established by “sustained national or international acclaim.” An appropriate "peer group" must provide an advisory opinion regarding the nature of the work and the alien's qualifications. This is a high standard, as the physician will need to have a level of expertise held by a small percentage of those that have risen to the very top of the medicine field. This standard can be met by showing that the physician has sustained national and international acclaim.

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