The O-1 classification applies to an individual who has extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, which has been demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim. The O-1 classification also include individuals of extraordinary achievement in motion pictures or television. The standard of "extraordinary ability" for scientists, professionals in the area of education, businessmen and athletes is defined as "a level of expertise indicating that the person is one of the small percentage who have risen to the very top of their field of endeavor."

O-1 status is employer-specific. There is no maximum limit for O-1 status. It may be approved for an initial period of three years, and extended for as long as necessary to complete the assignment, one year at a time.

Current UCLA policy requires that an outside attorney be retained to assist with O-1 cases. The Dashew Center will provide counseling in determining strategy for a case and selecting an attorney; review documents prepared by the attorney; ensure compliance with UCLA’s policy, procedure, and format; obtain university signatures; and provide status reports.

Dependents of O-1 holders are eligible for O-3 status. O-3 holders are not eligible to work in the U.S.

To request O-1 classification for a prospective UCLA employee, please contact Sylvia Ottemoeller by phone (310-825-1681) or email to initiate the process.