O-1 Extensions

O-1 Extensions

The term “O-1 extension” applies to Yale employees on a Yale sponsored O-1 seeking an extension. The O-1 visa can only be renewed in one year increments, and the earliest one can ask for an extension is 6 months prior to the current expiration. If all O-1 extension materials are prepared well in advance, then there should be no need for paying the Premium Processing ($1,225) fee.  Please contact Uma Shankar or Parker Emerson to let OISS know you will be preparing an O-1 extension, and then submit the following materials:

Department Materials

  • Faculty support letter from the direct supervisor including the dates of extension (not to exceed 12 months) salary and highlighting the O-1 employees achievements since the last O-1 application.
  • Deemed Export Control Form completed and signed by the department
  • Provide a pre-paid Yale e-Global shipping label (of a courier of your choice)

Shipping Addresses:


Premium Processing

USCIS Vermont Service Center

Premium Processing Unit

30 Houghton Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

 1-800-375-5283

Regular Processing

USCIS Vermont Service Center

75 Lower Welden

St. Albans, VT 05479-0001

 1-800-375-5283

Application Fees

  • Each fee must be written on a separate check
    • All checks should be made out to the Department of Homeland Security
    • All checks should be delivered to OISS
    • For making a Yale check request please refer to the following chart
    • The university must pay the I-129 base fee of $460
    • Optional I-907 Premium Processing is an additional $1225
    • Family members needing to file form I-539, fee of $370

Materials from the O-1 Scholar

  • Printed evidence of achievements to prove ‘Extraordinary Ability’ since the last O-1 application
  • A copy of the ID page of the passport and the I-94 record
  • If you ever had a J-1 visa, please provide copies of the DS-2019 forms
  • If you have applied for a green card please provide copies of the receipts or approval notices
  • Family members need to complete Form I-539
  • A copy of the ID page of each family member passport and I-94 record