O-1A Visa Policy Change - Anything and Everything Helps.
O-1 nonimmigrant status is available to persons of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, business, education, and athletics, and persons with a record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television (MPTV) industry.
The USCIS recently updated the policy manual to include the following example to the non-exhaustive list of factors considered by the USCIS officers in determining the totality of the beneficiary's O-1A eligibility. The example is as follows:
"The record establishes that the beneficiary is named as an investigator, scientist, or researcher on a peer-reviewed and competitively funded U.S. government grant or stipend for STEM research. This type of evidence can be a positive factor indicating a beneficiary is among the small percentage at the top of the beneficiary’s field."
Specific Section in USCIS Policy Manual: Volume 2 > Part M > Chapter 4 > Section C, O-1A Beneficiaries in Sciences, Education, Business, or Athletics