Evidence Needed for O-1 Petitions.
To qualify as an individual of extraordinary ability, the applicant must have a major internationally-recognized award, such as the Nobel Prize or at least three of the following:
1. Lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence in the field;
2. Membership in associations in the field which require outstanding achievements of their members, as judged by recognized experts in the field. Membership in general organizations, such as AMA, IEEE, etc, do not count unless the applicant has been elected to a specific membership or officer level because of her achievements.
3. Authorship of scholarly articles in the field, in professional journals, or other major media;
4. Published material in professional or major trade publications or major media about applicant's work;
5. Evidence of participation on a panel, or individually, as a judge of the work of others in the field;
6. Evidence in the form of letters and affidavits from prominent colleagues who can confirm applicant's original scientific or scholarly contributions of major significance to the field;
7. Evidence of employment in a critical or essential capacity for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation;
8. Proof that the foreign national has commanded a high salary or other compensation for services. This category does not usually apply to academic positions.
10. Evidence that the individual has achieved national or international recognition.