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Key Points

  • USCIS has issued new policy guidance on evidence consideration for O-1B nonimmigrant visas
  • The guidance applies to petitioners and individuals seeking an O-1B visa classification
  • The updates include a new chart in the USCIS policy manual appendix and examples of acceptable evidence


US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued policy guidance clarifying how it considers evidence to determine applicants’ eligibility for an O-1B nonimmigrant visa.

The policy guidance applies to individuals who possess extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in the television or motion picture industry.

The updated USCIS guidance includes a chart in the appendix of the USCIS policy manual with examples of evidence that can satisfy the evidentiary criteria for O-1B visas. The update also consists of the considerations that USCIS takes into account when evaluating evidence.

USCIS has also provided petitioners with guidance on submitting the correct evidence to establish a beneficiary’s eligibility.

Written by: Lucy Halse, Content Marketing Associate, Envoy Global
Edited by: Frank Fogelbach, Supervising Attorney, Corporate Immigration Partners
Source: US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

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