O-1 Aliens of Extraordinary Ability Visa Type

Table of Contents

General Information
Type(s) of Payment Allowed
Visa Application Process
Length of Stay Allowed
Special Conditions/Requirements
Required Documents Summary
Forms Required for Payroll Payments (Employees paid through the Human Resource System (HRS)
Salary
Forms Needed for Non-Payroll Payments (Non-employees paid through Accounting Services)
Policy:
Travel Reimbursement
Honorarium
Participant Support
Tax Liability/Withholding:
Social Security
Federal
Salary
State
Salary
Honorarium (Payment for Services)
Travel Reimbursement

General Information

  • The O-1 category is reserved for individuals who have risen to the very top of their field and have enjoyed sustained national or international acclaim.
  • Extensive documentation of their achievements and a peer consultation must be presented with the petition.
  • The person should be entering the US to participate in a specific, definable activity or event.
  • This category is only appropriate for a very limited number of truly outstanding individuals. Former J-1 Exchange Visitors who are subject to the two year home residence requirement are eligible for O-1 status even though they have neither complied with the requirement nor obtained a waiver.

Type(s) of Payment Allowed

  • Salary
  • Honorarium (Payment for Services)
  • Travel reimbursement

Visa Application Process

  • Several weeks to gather documentation; 1-2 months at INS, longer if documentation is deemed insufficient

Length of Stay Allowed

  • no set limit, but only for the duration of the specific activity or event

Special Conditions/Requirements

  • the individual must be truly outstanding and have sustained national or international acclaim
  • requires extensive documentation of the person's outstanding qualifications
  • the hiring department must provide a written advisory opinion from a "peer group" in the field
  • the hiring department must pay the cost of return transportation to the O-1's home country should the person be dismissed for any reason prior to the end date of the O-1

Required Documents Summary

  • evidence of the individual's sustained national or international acclaim and recognition for achievements in the field
  • peer advisory opinion
  • form I-129
  • IRS Form W-8BEN for tax reportable payments

Forms Required for Payroll Payments (Employees paid through the Human Resource System (HRS)

Salary

  • Contact you Dean’s Office Payroll Representative for additional documentation required for completing the I-9 Verification and other required documents to set up the employee on the Human Resources System (HRS).

Forms Needed for Non-Payroll Payments (Non-employees paid through Accounting Services)

Policy:

Travel Reimbursement

  • For campuses using E-Reimbursement(UW-Madison):
  •  For campuses not using E-Reimbursement:
  • Use a Payment to Individual Report (PIR)

Honorarium

  • Use a Payment to Individual Report (PIR)
  • IRS Form W-8BEN for tax reportable payments.
  • Social Security Number, Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), or copy of completed/signed/filed ITIN application required.

Participant Support

  • Use a Payment to Individual Report (PIR)
  • IRS Form W-8BEN for tax reportable payments.
  • Social Security Number, Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), or copy of completed/signed/filed ITIN application required.

Tax Liability/Withholding:

Social Security

  • FICA withholding required
  • Contact you Dean’s Office Payroll Representative for additional documentation required for completing the I-9 Verification and other required documents to set up the employee on the Human Resources System (HRS).

Federal

Salary

State

Salary

  • Contact you Dean’s Office Payroll Representative for additional documentation required for completing the I-9 Verification and other required documents to set up the employee on the Human Resources System (HRS).

Honorarium (Payment for Services)

  • None

Travel Reimbursement

  • None