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Part M - Aliens of Extraordinary Ability or Achievement (O)

Resources

Legal Authorities

59 FR 41818 - Temporary Alien Workers Seeking H-1B, O, and P Classifications Under the Immigration and Nationality Act--Correction

8 CFR 103.2(a)(1) - Submission and adjudication of benefit requests

8 CFR 103.2(b)(19) - Notification

8 CFR 103.2(b)(8) - Request for Evidence

8 CFR 103.3 - Denials, appeals, and precedent decisions

8 CFR 214.1(c)(5) - Decision in Form I-129 or I-539 extension proceedings

8 CFR 214.1(l)(2) - Period of stay

8 CFR 214.2(o) - Special requirements for admission, extension, and maintenance of status (aliens of extraordinary ability or achievement)

8 CFR 214.2(o)(1)(i) - Aliens of extraordinary ability or achievement

8 CFR 214.2(o)(1)(ii)(A)(1) - Description of classifications, extraordinary ability

8 CFR 214.2(o)(1)(ii)(A)(2) - Description of classifications, extraordinary achievement

8 CFR 214.2(o)(1)(ii)(B) - O2 classification

8 CFR 214.2(o)(10) - Admission

8 CFR 214.2(o)(12)(ii) - Extension period

8 CFR 214.2(o)(13) - Effect of approval of a permanent labor certification or filing of a preference petition on O classification

8 CFR 214.2(o)(16) - Return transportation requirement

8 CFR 214.2(o)(2) - Filing of petitions

8 CFR 214.2(o)(2)(ii)(C) - Evidence required to accompany a petition

8 CFR 214.2(o)(2)(iv) - Other filing situations

8 CFR 214.2(o)(2)(iv)(B) - Services for more than one employer

8 CFR 214.2(o)(3)(ii) - Definitions

8 CFR 214.2(o)(3)(iii) - Evidentiary criteria for an O-1 alien of extraordinary ability in the fields of science, education, business, or athletics

8 CFR 214.2(o)(3)(iv) - Evidentiary criteria for an O-1 alien of extraordinary ability in the arts

8 CFR 214.2(o)(3)(v) - Evidentiary criteria for an alien of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry

8 CFR 214.2(o)(4) - Petition for an O-2 accompanying alien

8 CFR 214.2(o)(5) - Consultation

8 CFR 214.2(o)(6)(iii) - Approval and validity of petition

8 CFR 214.2(o)(6)(iv) - Approval and validity of petition

8 CFR 214.2(o)(7) - Notification of Decision

8 CFR 214.2(o)(8)(ii) - Automatic Revocation

8 CFR 214.2(o)(9)(ii) - Appeal of Revocation

8 CFR 248.1(a) - Change of Nonimmigrant Classification-General

8 CFR 248.3(a) - Requests by petitioners

8 CFR 248.3(g) - Denial of application

8 CFR 274a.12 - Classes of aliens authorized to accept employment

INA 101(a)(15)(O) - Extraordinary ability in arts or athletics

INA 101(a)(46) - Definition of “extraordinary ability” in the arts

INA 214(c) - Admission of nonimmigrants

Appendices

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Updates

POLICY ALERT - O Nonimmigrant Visa Classification

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to update and consolidate guidance related to O nonimmigrant classifications.

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POLICY ALERT - Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements Final Rule

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is revising its policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to align with the Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements Final Rule, published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2020. This guidance becomes effective October 2, 2020. For information affecting implementation, see our litigation summary.

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Technical Update - Moving the Adjudicator’s Field Manual Content into the USCIS Policy Manual

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating and incorporating relevant Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) content into the USCIS Policy Manual. As that process is ongoing, USCIS has moved any remaining AFM content to its corresponding USCIS Policy Manual Part, in PDF format, until relevant AFM content has been properly incorporated into the USCIS Policy Manual. To the extent that a provision in the USCIS Policy Manual conflicts with remaining AFM content or Policy Memoranda, the updated information in the USCIS Policy Manual prevails. To find remaining AFM content, see the crosswalk (PDF) between the AFM and the Policy Manual.

Technical Update - Replacing the Term “Foreign National”

This technical update replaces all instances of the term “foreign national” with “alien” throughout the Policy Manual as used to refer to a person who meets the definition provided in INA 101(a)(3) [“any person not a citizen or national of the United States”].