michael wildes secures o-1 approval for international model aleksandra nikolic

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the O-1 visa petition filed on behalf of Elite Model Management for international fashion model Aleksandra Nikolic.

This is the second O-1 visa for Ms. Nikolic, who has enjoyed a remarkable international career. Discovered by Crystal model agency in Belgrade, she soon traveled to Singapore where she was featured in an editorial for ELLE Magazine. Other early credits include Revolution Magazine (dedicated to high-end watches and currently distributed in the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Russia, Italy, Hong Kong, China, and Spain), as well as a fashion show for the renowned Guess brand. Notably, she competed successfully in The Miss Top Model of the World pageant in 2011, finishing among the top three.

After working in Singapore and Tokyo, Ms. Nikolic traveled to Europe to work in Italy, Greece, London, Spain, Germany, Turkey, and Sweden before ultimately landing in the United States to work with Elite Models in Miami. Accordingly, Ms. Nikolic has also been represented by several other distinguished agencies around the world to include MGM Models Germany, Next Model Management Milan, Trend Models Spain, Elite Models Copenhagen, IMM Bruxelles, Elite Models Sweden, Ice Models Istanbul, and Visage Austria. 

Over the course of her career, Ms. Nikolic has appeared in many high fashion magazines such as Cosmopolitan Serbia, Harper’s Bazaar Spain and Serbia, U Magazine Beirut, Trend Magazine Serbia, Vanitas Spain, Femme Magazine Beirut, Lepota & ZdravljeGrazia Croatia, and Joy Magazine Serbia, among others. Ms. Nikolic has also worked for well-known brands such as Fiat, Gillette, Skechers, Triumph Lingerie, Essence Designs, and Sony. She has walked the runways for top brands Nike, Diamony, Nordstrom and Tori Praver.  


The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is available to an individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or one who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry. The individual must be able to demonstrate sustained acclaim in their field, as one who has garnered national or international recognition for his/her achievements. Ms. Nikolic’s outstanding modeling portfolio provided a solid foundation for her qualification for the O-1 visa. 

For fashion models, the O-1 requirements may be met by submitting evidence such as: magazine tear sheets, ad campaign work, runway photos, press articles, awards, and/or examples of high rates of compensation. It is also helpful to demonstrate that the model has worked with distinguished model agencies abroad and to provide testimonial letters from prominent individuals in the fashion industry who can confirm the model’s distinctive reputation and work history. The model must have a U.S. employer or agent to sponsor the visa petition and an itinerary of upcoming work in the U.S.

The Wildes & Weinberg firm has a wealth of experience handling O-1 petitions for fashion models as well as many other extraordinary individuals across various industries and areas of expertise. Our team of O-1 experts is available to evaluate an individual’s qualifications and to guide applicants through each step of the process.  

For Further Information On How We Can Help Your Firm Meet Its Employment Eligibility Verification Obligations, Please Contact Amy Wildes At amy@wildeslaw.com

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